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Beyond Reform: Health Care Industry Efforts Hold Key To Access (2-6-13)

"Beyond Reform: Health Care Industry Efforts Hold Key to Access"

Health Affairs blog posting by Carrie Valiant on February 6, 2013.

Now that the Obama Administration has secured a second term, health reform is a "go". Yet, gaps and questions remain, some of them potentially far more substantial than originally anticipated. While the mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance has survived as a "tax," states will have much more flexibility to opt in or out of expanded Medicaid coverage without losing all of their federal Medicaid funding. And there is always the possibility of further cuts.

In the meantime, "wait and see" is no longer an option. With a "cup half full" vision, health reform can be viewed as a basic platform from which gaps can be filled. How can we make the most of this platform? How can we connect the people to the coverage offered by the exchanges and persuade people to buy it? How can we connect the people who buy coverage to the care they will need? And how can we do so in a way that doesn't break the bank?

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