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Implementing the Affordable Care Act as Intended
Debate continues in every state on how to interpret and implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which begins in full in 2014. While the intentions are clear — better health care for every American, nondiscrimination for qualified providers, and a prioritization of prevention — the devil is in the details. Here is what our colleagues are saying on the topic:
- Integrative Health Policy Consortium (of which Bastyr's Center for Health Policy and Leadership is a partner) has published the most comprehensive FAQ to date on the the implications the law may have on complementary and alternative medicine disciplines.
- Terry Walsh comments on efforts to bolster America's primary care workforce with the diverse, qualified providers who are not MDs or DOs.
- The American Sustainable Business Council has recently chimed in with their vote on the ACA: "Make sure the ACA doesn't discriminate against complementary and alternative medicine."
- Physicians for a National Health Program say the ACA is not enough. The group, with chapters in western Washington, San Diego and elsewhere, calls for universal, single-payer health care for all Americans.
- The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care has published its long-researched paper Meeting the Nation's Primary Care Needs. Check out the positions of different disciplines on their role in meeting this critical need.
What's your perspective? Is your state on track for implementing the ACA? Is the interpretation consistent with the intent of the law? Will citizens of your state be better off with your state's implementation plan?
The Bastyr University Center for Health Policy and Leadership (CHPL) is a nonpartisan, University-based center dedicated to advancing the understanding of health policy and leadership issues. The Center:
- Creates on-campus and external opportunities for participation in "essential, generative conversations."
- Hosts prominent scholars and health practitioners in discussion-oriented events.
- Provides a forum for scholarly research on health policy and leadership issues.
- Encourages citizens to actively participate in public affairs through experiential programs.