Archive for November, 2012

Nov 30 2012

State Refor(u)m’s Webinar: Engineering an Exchange: A Look at State Blueprints and Decisions

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State Refor(u)m is hosting a webinar entitled, “Engineering an Exchange: A Look at State Blueprints and Decisions.” In this webinar, we will hear from three state leaders: Peter Lee of California and Colleen Burns of Illinois will provide inside looks at their blueprints and at the policy decisions and visions behind them. And panelist Norm Thurston of Utah, a state that has not yet declared its intent, will describe factors the state is considering in coming to its decision, and what choices state leaders have made so far.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, December 13 at 3pm Eastern time. For more information or to register for the webinar, go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=7cq7dj2etm0b

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Nov 30 2012

Public Health Institute’s Webinar: Using OSHPD Data to Track the Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Hospital Safety Net

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The Public Health Institute’s Webinar entitled, “Are We There Yet — How Will We Know If Health Care Reform Is Working? Using OSHPD Data to Track the Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Hospital Safety Net” is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific time.

For more information, or to register for the webinar, go to: http://www.dialogue4health.org/webforums/12_11_12.html

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Nov 30 2012

American Public Health Association’s Health Reform Update

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The American Public Health Association (APHA) has developed and compiled wonderful resources and articles discussing the election results, the Affordable Care Act, and the changes to public health that are currently happening. Among these are:

For many uninsured Americans, Medicaid expansion is critical (The Nation’s Health, Nov./Dec. 2012).This pre-election article outlines the importance of the upcoming Medicaid expansion and some of the key issues states face.

A look at how public health fared in the elections(Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012).This piece outlines the numerous health-related ballot measures considered by voters across the states. Several are specific to health reform: in Alabama, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming, voters approved measures prohibiting either state-based exchanges or the “individual mandate.”A similar proposal failed in Florida.

Basics of state-based insurance exchange explained (Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012).This post-election Q&A provides an overview of exchanges and an update on state and federal progress toward implementing them.

New rules implementing ACA emphasize access, prevention (Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012). Just before Thanksgiving, HHS and other agencies issued several new proposed regulations that offer guidance on essential health benefits, insurance reform and workplace wellness plans. This post offers quick overviews of each rule, plus links to additional resources.

APHA’s ACA Implementation webpage features links to implementation timelines, federal rulemaking trackers and state-by-state fact sheets.

APHA’s ACA Basics webpage features links to summaries of the law, FAQs, “myths and facts” pages and fact sheets on benefits for different populations.

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