As part of an ongoing series to explore the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, this briefing dealt with how the new health reform law affects access to private coverage. A range of specific provisions were covered, including the new federal high-risk pools, tax credits for small businesses, health insurance exchanges, the individual mandate, and employer obligations. The law’s provisions governing private health insurance mark a dramatic change from past practice, and much attention has been paid by opposing sides to the potential implementation and legal issues.
To provide illumination on these topics and others, our distinguished panel explored such questions as: What provisions in the new law pertain to private insurance? How will the new law affect individuals, families, large and small businesses? What particular challenges need to be overcome by states and the federal government to implement these provisions?
Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the briefing featured: Chris Koller, health insurance commissioner of Rhode Island; Scott Keefer of the AHIP Center for Policy and Research; and Gary Claxton of Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Ed Howard of the Alliance and Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation co-moderated.
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