Election to shape future of health reform

By Ryan Schuster

Regardless of personal political preferences, most experts believe that this year’s presidential election will play a major role in the future of health care reform.

The Affordable Care Act was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court this summer. Gov. Mitt Romney has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare as some have referred to it). While some have questioned the likelihood of the entire legislation being scrapped, the election is expected to play a key role in the future of the law, which has yet to be fully implemented. Many of the law’s regulations are set to kick in starting in 2013 and 2014.

Insurance exchanges are set under the law to begin operating in each state in 2014, but many states including North Dakota have yet to notify the government if they will operate a state-based exchange or let the federal government set up and run the exchange in their state. States have until Nov. 16 to notify the government if they will operate their state’s exchange. Find out more about health reform developments and what it means to you on our website.

Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, we plan to keep leading efforts to improve North Dakota’s health care system. That’s why we are using innovation and technology to put patients at the center of care and changing the way we pay hospitals and doctors to promote quality of care instead of just volume.

What do you think? Is health reform a good thing?

Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

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