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States Moving 'Assertively' with ACA Provisions

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2012

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to debate the constitutionality of the individual mandate, and Republican presidential hopefuls vow to scrap "ObamaCare" if they win in November, nearly every state is quietly implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a review shows.

The study by The Commonwealth Fund found that as the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act nears, 49 states and the District of Columbia have already acted to support implementation.


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"I do see states moving assertively forward on implementing the provisions that went into effect in 2010," Sara Collins, vice president for Affordable Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund, tells HealthLeaders Media.

The report reviews state action on 10 early reforms, including the Patients' Bill of Rights that went into effect in September 2010. Between Jan. 1, 2010, and Jan. 1, 2012, 23 states and the District of Columbia had taken new legislative or regulatory action on at least one of these reforms, and an additional 26 states had taken other action to promote compliance with the reforms, such as issuing bulletins to insurers, The Conference Board said.

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1 comments on "States Moving 'Assertively' with ACA Provisions"


Alfred Neuman MD (3/22/2012 at 11:01 AM)
This article is a bit slanted and distorted, in what appears to be another media attempt to support this President and his failing Administration. As an experienced physician, healthcare sr. administrator and consultant, i can tell you that very few of the principle elements in "Obamacare" have been acted on by large healthcare systems across the country. They either think it's going to be repealed, reversed in the High Court, or at the vey least seriously modified before any of the onerous requirements actually are mandated to go in place. A recent public opinion survery shows that nearly 2/3 of Americans have a negative view of Obamacare and don't want it to go into place. Healthleaders Media Council seems to have an agenda in favor of this Administration and its often poorly thought out policies.