Some Americans reflect on insurance they had pre-health law

Published on December 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM · No Comments

Americans who are slated to have new insurance from the health law are reflecting on what their old coverage was like -- if they had it at all. Also, an architect of the Massachusetts health law reflects on the federal health law.

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April Capil has mixed feelings about the national outcry over canceled health insurance policies. Five years free of the stage III breast cancer that nearly claimed her life, the Boulder, Colo., resident is once again healthy, but she's still struggling to put her life back together. Like millions of Americans, Capil thought she had solid individual health insurance. Then she got sick and found that her coverage was woefully inadequate (Pugh, 12/19).

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Jonathan Gruber views health care reform from a unique vantage point. Gruber, an MIT economics professor, was a principal architect of the Massachusetts reform law. And he was a key adviser to the Obama administration in its crafting of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, Gruber visited Atlanta to address a forum on health costs and quality sponsored by Healthcare Georgia Foundation. In a GHN interview, he discussed the rocky rollout of the ACA, comparisons with the Massachusetts experience, Medicaid expansion, and the challenges ahead for the federal law (Miller, 12/18).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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