Media Advisory: Rice health economics expert to testify in Austin Dec. 10


David Ruth

Rice health economics expert to testify in Austin Dec. 10

HOUSTON — (Dec. 7, 2018) — Health economics expert Vivian Ho from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will provide testimony and take questions  before the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce Dec. 10 at the state Capitol in Austin.

Vivian Ho The hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. in Room E1.016, Capitol Extension, will focus on market competition, consolidation practices and federal orders affecting the Texas health insurance marketplace. The Texas Department of Insurance will provide an update on Hurricane Harvey-related property and casualty insurance claims data analysis.

Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, will speak about physician consolidation during her oral testimony and provide written testimony on insurer and hospital consolidation.

The committee, chaired by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, will hear from five different panels. Ho will be on the first panel along with Robert Town, the Powell Centennial Professor of American Economic Principles at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ho is also a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho is interviewed regularly by local, state and national news media.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ho, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or


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David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.