The Future of the Affordable Care Act
What Happens Next?

Summary

THE FUTURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: What Happens Next?
Presented jointly with Reuters

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unclear. Republicans have decided not to vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill, but promised to revisit ACA repeal-and-replace efforts. Democrats announced recently a single-payer health care proposal. And another hurdle for the ACA looms. With open enrollment beginning on November 1, questions remain about the stability of the ACA insurance exchange marketplace, particularly around the fate of cost-sharing subsidies and other factors that affect enrollment, affordability and access to varied plans. This Forum brought together health and public policy experts from across diverse perspectives to look at what’s next for the Affordable Care Act. What can Americans expect and where does health care reform go from here?

 

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  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIAL EMAIL
    Now that Graham-Cassidy has failed, what do you think will happen with further attempts moving forward? Do you think we are moving into the possibility for a bi-partisan discussion over the next year?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    Has research shown that spending more money on health care is always correlated to better quality of care? If not, then why do we make this mistake over and over again when funding it?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    Can you summarize the general impacts on women’s health coverage of GOP efforts to repeal and replace?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    How well do single-payer systems work in countries that have them? I read some statistics that said that in those countries not only are costs lower, but people live longer. What are the main obstacles to making single payer a reality here, aside from the obvious issues with the tax increases?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    I’ve read that those of us in rural areas would be hurt by these GOP plans that have been proposed. Why is that – because of the cuts to Medicaid under those plans?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    How do these various GOP proposal affect mental health coverage? If feel this topic has not been addressed in general media reporting.

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    I’m very confused about how block grants work as compared with the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Can you perhaps explain in a bit more detail how Medicaid would be affected by all of this? Is there any scenario at all in which this bill assists the traditional Medicaid program?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    If the block grants end in 2027, aren’t we facing a problem with aging baby boomers and the ongoing rise in health care costs? What’s going to happen then?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    What happens if there are unused funds in the block grant program – can the states reallocate as they see fit?

  • kal505

    QUESTION SENT VIA EMAIL
    What is happening with this latest GOP proposal with subsidies to pay insurance premiums – doesn’t Graham-Cassidy eliminate those.