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ACA turns 2: when it comes to pediatric care, it needs nurturing like any toddler

March 13, 2012

In an opinion piece for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, David Keller, M.D., a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at UMass Medical School and an associate medical director and senior analyst within the Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research (a Commonwealth Medicine program), wrote that the ACA is in its infancy and needs to be nurtured in order to reach its full potential.

According to Keller, the law's benefits for pediatrics include:

  • Increased health coverage for young adults
  • More free preventive services such as well-child visits and immunizations
  • Guaranteed health coverage for children with pre-existing conditions

Keller also noted that a rising number of physicians are pursuing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and EHRs as a means of meeting the law's increased focus on quality. Cost containment remains the most daunting challenge, but that, Keller wrote, is to be expected from a law in its infancy.

Read the opinion article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.