Series: Health Insurance And The ACA

The health system in the U.S. is built upon a complex and interlocking series of relationships between medical providers, insurers, the federal and state governments, employers and the people who require preventive care and treatment throughout their lives. The enactment of the Affordable Care Act, one goal of which was securing coverage for more Americans, has profoundly transformed this system since its implementation, including in Wisconsin. At the same time, the political contentiousness of the law has added complexity and uncertainty to the health care decisions Americans make, and the future of the health care system continues to be an open question.
 
Many people are confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act: Did it get repealed? Are people still required to have health insurance? What about Medicaid and BadgerCare? Are recipients required to work and to submit to drug testing? Who do the various policy changes affect?
In 2016, there were an estimated 255,000 more Wisconsin residents with health insurance compared to in 2013.
Amid several frustrated attempts to get Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is taking multiple steps to simply inhibit the law's annual implementation.
When a federal policy change affects America's senior citizens, it's safe to say that rural Wisconsinites will feel it keenly.
The rollout of the Republican proposed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act has been chaotic, from one senator's frantic search for the bill before its text was released to a lack of consensus among GOP legislators.
The Trump administration proposed rules designed to stabilize the insurance market for those getting policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
As a new president took office after campaigning hard against the Affordable Care Act, a University of Wisconsin physician is urging caution on making immediate changes to the health care system.
Consumers, insurance companies and health care providers are experiencing déjà vu. Politicians are once again attempting to make big changes to the nation's health care system.
A report by George Washington University and the Commonwealth Fund estimates thousands of jobs would be lost in Wisconsin if two key elements of the Affordable Care Act are repealed.
Repeal and... what exactly then? And is repeal even certain?