Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Sandra Lane, PhD, MPH

Honors Reader

Maureen Thompson, PhD

Capstone Major

Health and Wellness

Capstone College

Sport and Human Dynamics

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Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Research | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health


A large proportion of American adults lack health insurance, due to job loss and a wide variety of other issues. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Supreme Court decision affirming its constitutional legality, the availability of healthcare is set to increase in the near future. This honors thesis addresses the fit, or lack of fit, between the ACA provisions and the needs of the currently uninsured. My study involved ten interviews with patients at a free clinic for the uninsured in Syracuse, NY, and an interview with the Commissioner of Health from Onondaga County. For this study I completed an extensive literature review, wrote an IRB application, developed the interviews, administered and transcribed the recorded interviews, and analyzed the findings. Together these two perspectives help shed light on the complexities of the healthcare system and investigate whether or not the Affordable Care Act will meet the needs of those it is intentioned to reach.

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