On the six-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, much has already been accomplished: the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new high-risk pool program, implemented a reinsurance fund for companies that provide retiree coverage, and provided financial help to more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription drug expenses. Additional components of the new health reform law will come on-line this month—including new rules for health insurance plans that will protect patients from discriminatory practices, improvements in prevention coverage, and new access to coverage for young adults. Further steps—such as new rules to limit how much insurance plans can spend on administration—are anticipated in the near future.
The cohort of health insurance experts who will join us helped shape these initiatives in their role as consumer representatives and staff to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with many of these representatives to examine why these new protections matter to millions of Americans, and what further steps will be needed to make sure they work.
Sabrina Corlette, Research Professor, Georgetown University
Stephanie Mohl, Government Relations Manager, American Heart Association
Wendell Potter, Senior Fellow on Health Care, Center for Media and Democracy
Lynn Quincy, Consumers Union
Naomi Senkeeto, Associate Director of Policy and Strategic Alliances American Diabetes Association
Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Karen Davenport, Director of Health Policy, Center for American Progress
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