Report on Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act

August 3, 2010 – A new report from the Commonwealth Fund, entitled “Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act: Key Policy Issues,” looks at one key component of recent health care reform legislation.

Quick Chelator Quiz

“Exjade”is the brand name for which chelator?

A. deferoxamine

B. deferasirox

c. desferrioxamine

d. deferiprone

Answer: B. deferasirox

As author Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, states in the abstract, “Health insurance exchanges are the centerpiece of the private health insurance reforms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). If they function as planned, these exchanges will expand health insurance coverage, improve the quality of such coverage and perhaps of health care itself, and reduce costs. Previous attempts at creating health insurance exchanges, however, produced only mixed results. This report identifies the earlier attempts’ problems, enumerates the key issues that are critical for overcoming those problems, analyzes in detail the ACA’s provisions addressing these issues, and discusses further policy options.”

A pdf of the report can be downloaded by clicking here. (Pdf is a large file and may be slow downloading.)


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