Achieving Sustainable Health Reform Locally and Nationally
March seems to be "health reform month" this year, with two significant events occurring with this important topic. It not only marks the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (now known as "ACA"), but this month all eyes will be on Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments challenging the Act.
The oral arguments are scheduled to take place on March 26 through March 28. The Court will hear a number of issues, including the constitutionality of the individual mandate (which requires every person to have health insurance), and whether the individual mandate can be rejected without voiding the entire Act.
Although the court case may not be decided until the summer at the earliest, one thing is clear: reforming our health care system must take place, not only for the physical health of our community, but also for the economic viability of our region and the nation. Our community cannot sit back and wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the mandated purchase of health insurance is constitutional in hopes it will somehow make health care more efficient and affordable.
As a community, we must maintain our focus on achieving the "Triple Aim" of better health, better care, and lower costs. Real solutions to achieve a reformed health care system and create a high performing system cannot be done by one entity alone. It requires the collaboration of all stakeholders at the local level: health plans, employers, members, physicians and providers and the government.
In light of these important events surrounding ACA, Independent Health's president and CEO, Michael W. Cropp, M.D., will discuss on March 30 how the upcoming Supreme Court hearings and the November election could impact national health care reform, and what we can do as a community to fix our broken health care system and achieve sustainable reform.
As mentioned in this month's Health Care Corner, Dr. Cropp will speak at 8:30 am on March 30th at the Amherst Chamber offices at 350 Essjay Road. Please click here to read the article or register here now to reserve your seat.