Naomi Zewde

Postdoctoral Research Scientist


Naomi Zewde is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist whose work focuses on the economic effects of public and private health insurance. She received a PhD in Health Policy and Administration with a concentration in Economics from Penn State University in 2016 and received an MPH and BA in Anthropology from Emory University.

For her doctoral research, Zewde assessed the effects of the Affordable Care Act for the well-being of previously uninsured adults by simulating individuals’ medical consumption and financial security with and without the law. Study results highlight the importance of Medicaid expansion and non-catastrophic coverage for the welfare of the previously uninsured. After completing her PhD Zewde continued evaluating economic and health- related policies, most recently designing the simulation of healthcare expenditures with the Penn- Wharton Budget Model.

As a Postdoctoral researcher Zewde works to better understand the effects of Medicaid expansion on rates of poverty in the US, along with poverty experts Chris Wimer, Jane Waldfogel, and Irwin Garfinkel. The studies illustrate overall time trends in Medicaid’s poverty effects and evaluate the change in poverty attributable specifically to Medicaid expansion.

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