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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.
 
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.
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Two federal healthcare policy changes allow smaller, cheaper plans to be sold across state lines, and end payments for cost-sharing reductions. Bobby Peterson of ABC for Health and Brian Potter of the Wisconsin Hospital Association sort through what these changes mean for Wisconsin.
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As Congress continues its debate on the future of the Affordable Care Act and healthcare policy, UW-Madison risk management and insurance professor Justin Sydnor discusses what the different scenarios could mean for insurance companies and Wisconsinites.
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The healthcare policy stalemate continues on Capitol Hill. ABC for Health executive director Bobby Peterson discusses the uncertainty related to plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement and where Medicaid fits into the picture.
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The U.S. Senate is considering a new federal healthcare policy bill that would supplant the Affordable Care Act. UW Population Health Institute researcher Donna Friedsam discusses how this proposal could affect the healthcare costs and the Medicaid system.
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.