There may be grounds yet for some key bipartisan cooperation on health care reform even amid the fierce debate in Washington, DC over the hot button issue, says UMass Medical School health policy expert Robert W. Seifert, MPA.
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed like a puzzle with each provision necessary for the law to take shape and succeed, which is why it has been difficult for Congress to repeal the landmark 2010 health insurance reform law, says UMass Medical School’s Robert Seifert, MPA.
As governors and lawmakers lobby for flexibility in running their Medicaid programs, Massachusetts offers a prime example of how states can gain greater control over how their federal health dollars are spent.
A proposal to bring single-payer health care to Massachusetts is aspirational because it lacks details and may need funding changes to be successful, UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, told the Telegram & Gazette. London led the team that developed the Vermont single-payer financing model.
Millions of Americans will lose health insurance, and state Medicaid programs – particularly in states that expanded coverage – are likely to face budget challenges under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) released March 6 by House Republicans, said UMass Medical School health care expert Terry Dougherty, MPH.
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could impact core components of the health care law that involve revenue and expenditures, Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH, chief federal strategist at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, said as part of panel on impending changes to health care reform Jan. 18 at UMass Medical School.
A team of UMass Medical School experts say in an article for the Connecticut Health Foundation that it could be a challenge for some states to establish the Basic Health Program (BHP), an option under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could make health insurance more affordable for some individuals and families.
UMass Medical School health policy experts will review updated enrollment and spending data on Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, MassHealth, in a webinar at noon June 29 hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation.
UMass Medical School health policy experts will discuss Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid waivers and newly issued federal guidance at an event June 28 sponsored by the Connecticut Health Foundation in collaboration with the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.
Waivers available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid can be used to improve health insurance affordability and access in Connecticut, according to briefs authored by health policy experts at UMass Medical School and released jointly by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) and Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.