Panel focuses on health reform anniversary

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Support for health reform has been complicated by political rhetoric and the general public’s lack of knowledge about the Affordable Care Act, according to officials who spoke at last week’s AHCJ Chicago chapter meeting.Bruce Japsen, moderator, and panelists Chiquita Brooks-LaSure of the Office of Health Reform at U.S. Health and Humans Services and Illinois Department of Insurance Director Michael McRaith discussed the Affordable Care Act.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the director of coverage policy in the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Humans Services, Michael McRaith, director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, and William Santulli, chief operating officer for Advocate Health Care, gathered to tell 25 journalists and students where the Act stands as its one-year anniversary approaches. Bruce Japsen, a Chicago Tribune health care reporter, moderated the panel.

The talked about the most common misnomers about the health care reform effort, how health insurance exchanges are being implemented, the concept behind accountable care organizations and more.

AudioAHCJ members can read more about the discussion and download audio of the panel.

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