Implementing the Affordable Care Act
Transforming Health | 07.08.13
Health insurance exchanges are due to open October 1st.
A multimillion-dollar campaign called “Get Covered America,” kicks off a months-long push to prep millions of Americans to sign up for insurance this fall under President Obama’s healthcare law. A coalition of Obama’s campaign veterans, healthcare companies and community activists will run the campaign.
The health insurance exchanges are due to open this October. Yet, government officials have missed several deadlines in setting up the exchanges and they are at risk of not being ready to open on time in October. The Government Accountability Office said, "Whether [the government's] contingency planning will assure the timely and smooth implementation of the exchanges by October 2013 cannot yet be determined."
And, many Americans remain confused about what's within the law and how it will impact them. In fact, a recent report shows that over 75 percent of uninsured Americans are not aware of the changes ahead.
Diane Rehm and her guests talk about implementing the Affordable Care Act in this episode of The Diane Rehm Show. LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM
75 percent of uninsured Americans are not aware of the changes ahead.
- Ron Pollack executive director of Families USA, a national non-profit organization for health care consumers.
- Julie Rovner health policy correspondent for NPR and author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z."
- Joseph Antos Wilson H. Taylor scholar in health care and retirement policy at the American Enterprise Institute; a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission; a health adviser to the Congressional Budget Office.
- Rebecca Pearce executive director of Maryland Health Connection, Maryland's state-based exchange.
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