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While the health care reform law has gained the backing of some prominent physician groups, surveys and provider commentary in the media show that a majority of doctors hold a negative view of the Affordable Care Act. “Road to Reform” takes a look at past surveys to see how providers’ feelings have changed.
Organizations experimenting with the much-hyped accountable care organization model are starting to report uneven results. Could California’s pilot programs turn into a national model — even as Medicare’s flagship ACO program shows signs of weakness?
The Affordable Care Act’s implementation is helping to accelerate telehealth adoption, and observers say the technology could be crucial to achieve the health reform law’s goals.
Florida is alleging that the Obama administration is trying to force states to expand their Medicaid programs by threatening to withhold some of their Low Income Pool funding. Some health policy experts say the administration is being coercive, while others say the administration did not put up a strong enough fight.
Republicans in recent weeks have shifted their arguments against the Affordable Care Act, alleging that the Medicaid coverage is like not having coverage at all. Are the millions of people who have enrolled under the law’s Medicaid expansion getting inferior coverage?
Some lawmakers and advocates are arguing that it’s time to expand health coverage to California’s undocumented immigrants. And they say that this year, the numbers are on their side.
Health care reform is prompting changes in the way that U.S. physicians are trained. And more changes could be on the way.
While the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce health care costs and make coverage more affordable for U.S. residents, research suggests that consumer concerns about costs linger and have caused some to delay needed care. Price transparency tools could be key to the equation.
Few states using the federal insurance exchange seem willing to establish their own marketplace. That’s even in light of a Supreme Court case that could nullify subsidies for consumers purchasing health insurance through HealthCare.gov, as well as cost such states billions of dollars in assistance and economic gains.
One of the most-publicized tax effects of the Affordable Care Act involves subsidies that many U.S. residents received to help them purchase insurance. But that’s not the only change: Tucked within the thousands of pages that make up the ACA are a number of other tax implications.