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Health Affairs Briefing: Moving Forward On Health Reform



May 21st, 2010

Implementing provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act poses a huge challenge for the public and private sectors alike. Thousands of decisions and regulatory changes must be made to re-structure the U.S. health care system, expand health coverage, and begin the effort to control costs. The June 2010 issue of Health Affairs details the terrain that lies ahead.

On June 8, at a briefing hosted by Health Affairs, health policy experts will discuss prospects for changes in such areas as health care delivery, insurance market reforms, and Medicaid expansion, as well as the likely impact on providers, insurers, payers, and employers. Speakers will include: David Cutler, economics professor, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; Jon Kingsdale, immediate past president, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority; Ray Scheppach, executive director, National Governors Association; Deborah Chollet, senior research fellow, Mathematica Policy Research; Len Nichols, director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University; Alan Weil, executive director, National Academy for State Health Policy; and Thomas Miller, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute.

WHEN:    Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill [Union Station], 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

RSVP:      RSVP for this event online

Health Affairs will offer live Twitter updates from the event at #HAreform

Among the topics to be addressed:

  • How many people are likely to gain access to coverage through temporary high-risk pools?
  • How will reforms change the insurance market and how will insurers respond to new regulations?
  • How are states likely to tackle the job of deciding whether and how to set up health insurance exchanges?
  • What will expansions in Medicaid coverage mean for states?
  • What strategies must be employed to control health care spending as coverage is expanded?

Background

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will result in extending coverage to 32 million more in the United States by 2014. Dramatically expanding coverage — while also improving care quality and controlling spending — will require major changes. For example, insurance companies will have myriad new rules to follow.  States will need to decide whether or not to offer health exchanges that allow uninsured individuals to purchase coverage at competitive rates.  

Many states oppose the new health reform law; 14 are suing the U.S. government, charging that the new law infringes on their residents to choose whether or not to have health insurance.

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