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