Policy Round Up: Affordable Care Act
Shanel AdamsShanel Adams is an editorial assistant with GlobalPolicy.tv. She is a public relations major, political science minor at Howard University originally from Detroit. Shanel is passionate about poverty alleviation and political participation.
Republican Governor Rick Scott announced his support of Medicaid expansion this Wednesday. This was surprising due to his avid disagreement with the Affordable Care Act prior to last year’s Supreme Court ruling that upholds the law.
As Governor Scott becomes the seventh Republican governor to embrace the health care law, it proves that support of “Obamacare” may be customary. As this policy matter is reintroduced to us, experts chime in on health care and its role in America.
Daniel Dawes shares the benefit of the Affordable Care Act to ethnic minorities:
“The ACA includes robust health equity-related provisions, which provide a bridge to health equity that affords marginalized groups — particularly racial and ethnic minorities—increased access to culturally appropriate, quality health care, preventative care, and comparative effectiveness research. For racial and ethnic minorities who are the most likely to be uninsured, experience higher unemployment rates, and have a lower income—which makes it harder to obtain employer-sponsored health insurance coverage—Medicaid expansion and the creation of health insurance exchanges would provide these communities access to vital health services.”
Read the full article in GlobalPolicy.TV.
Perry Bacon believes that partisanship should not get in the way of helping citizens:
“This debate is not just political. People who have health insurance tend to go to the doctor more regularly, not waiting until a problem persists and then hurrying to an emergency room. A lack of health insurance and then getting an illness that requires huge medical costs is also one of the leading causes of people going bankrupt.”
Read the full article in The Grio.
Elise Veisbeck writes that most states are on track with health care law demands:
“Thirty-five states will be ready with new healthcare eligibility and enrollment systems by Jan. 1 of next year, according to a new federal report. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General surveyed states in March and April 2012 about their readiness to comply with a variety of technical requirements under President Obama’s healthcare law. These requirement include simple, streamlined application systems for Medicaid, CHIP and the healthcare law’s new insurance exchanges.”
Read the full article in The Hill.
Geoffrey Cowley explains how the Affordable Care Act will be enacted one state at a time:
“As of January 2014, every state will have a new consumer marketplace for health insurance, and states that want to expand coverage for the poor will get federal support to pay for it. But the Affordable Care Act gives the states a lot of maneuvering room. They can create their own insurance exchanges or leave the whole job to the feds. Likewise, the states can expand their Medicaid programs to cover everyone living below 138% of the poverty level, as the health care reform law envisions, or they can refuse federal funds and leave people uninsured.”
Read the full article in MSNBC.