COLUMBIA MEETING – Location change to 2205 MU Student Center – see location page for further details.
Conference will now be available by live streaming
starting at 9:45 am, June 22, 2012.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has far-reaching implications for Missouri citizens and institutions. Over the next several years, this legislation will have a dramatic impact on health care providers, state and local policy makers, business leaders, union representatives, the insurance industry, underserved and uninsured populations and their advocates, and the general public. These conferences will examine the policy changes from a variety of perspectives and provide current information relevant to understanding the implications of this legislation in Missouri.
The Health Care Reform Network is a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of teaching, research and extension faculty of the University of Missouri in Columbia, working together and with an expanded network of community partners. The goal of the network is to disseminate relevant and reliable information about changes in health policy on Missouri citizens. Activities of the network, including these conferences, are supported by a Mizzou Advantage grant.
Topics to be addressed in the conferences include:
Cross-cutting issues affecting everyone.
- The mandates – who is or will be required to maintain health care coverage?
- The exchanges – how will access to health insurance by changed through creation of individual and small business exchanges?
- When will major changes go into effect?
- How will changes be communicated?
- Other myths and misunderstandings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The current status of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.
- With the Supreme Court scheduled to consider Constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act, major questions remain concerning the validity of the reforms will persist. The current status of those challenges will be addressed.
Issues of concern to low-income, elderly, disabled and other high-risk populations.
- What is the impact of the law on Medicaid and Medicare eligibility, services and costs?
- What are the interim high-risk pools and how do they relate to the Exchanges?
- What are the individual premium credits and subsidies, and who is eligible to receive this assistance?
Employer-sponsored health plans.
- What employers are required to provide health insurance, and what are the potential penalties for those which do not?
- What are the requirements that have to be met for an employer to retain an existing health plan?
- What incentives are available to encourage employers to provide or retain health plans?
- How does employee participation in an employer-sponsored health plan affect the individual mandate?
Medically underserved communities.
- How will questions of access to medical care be addressed under the Affordable Care Act?
- How will access to community and rural health programs be expanded?
- Will alternatives methods of delivery of health care be possible under the new law?
- Will the potential shortage of health care professionals be addressed?