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What's in There? An Ask-the-Experts Overview of the Health Reform Law

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are now law. Whether you favored or opposed their enactment, a full understanding of the new laws is essential to further discussion of reform issues, including how implementation will be approached.

To answer your questions about the major provisions of these two laws, the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund assembled a panel of well-qualified experts. Guiding us through the legislation at an April 16 luncheon briefing were: Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress; Dean Rosen of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc; and Sara Collins of The Commonwealth Fund. Karen Davis of Commonwealth and Ed Howard of the Alliance co-moderated.

A detailed timeline with implementation dates constructed by Commonwealth helped set the context for the discussion.

This was the first in our current series of events exploring the new health reform law.

Other events in the series:

April 16: What's in There? Ask the Experts
April 23: The New Health Reform Law and Medicaid
April 30: The New Health Reform Law and Private Insurance
May 7: The New Health Reform Law and Medicare


 Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
 Karen Davis, The Commonwealth Fund, Moderator
 Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund, Speaker
 Dean Rosen, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc, Speaker
 Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: What's in There? An Ask-the-Experts Overview of the Health Reform Law (Word Document), 4/16/2010
Event Summary: Event Summary (Word Document), 4/16/2010
Full Webcast/Podcast: What's in There? An Ask-the-Experts Overview of the Health Reform Law

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Dean Rosen Presentation (PowerPoint), 4/16/2010
Karen Davis Presentation (PowerPoint), 4/16/2010
Sara Collins Presentation (PowerPoint), 4/16/2010

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Word Document), , 4/15/2010
Source List (Word Document), , 4/15/2010
Speaker Biographies (Word Document), , 4/15/2010
The End of the Beginning: A Closer Look at the Impact of the New Health Reform Law and the Road Ahead to Implement It (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., 3/26/2010
Event Summary (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 4/16/2010

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: System and Delivery Reform Provisions, The Commonwealth Fund, 4/1/2010
Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Revenue Provisions , , 4/1/2010
Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Health Insurance Provisions , The Commonwealth Fund, 4/1/2010
The Commonwealth Fund Blog: A New Era in American Health Care, The Commonwealth Fund, 3/22/2010
- Karen Davis and Sara Collins
Health Care Opinion Leadersí Views on Health Reform, Implementation, and Post-Reform Principles, The Commonwealth Fund, 11/1/2009
- Kristof Stremikis, Karen Davis and Rachel Nuzum
Another Round of Health Reform Is on the Way, The Commonwealth Fund, 4/5/2010
- Micheal Leavitt
First and Ten, The Commonwealth Fund, 4/5/2010
- Tom Daschle
The War Isnít Over, NEJM, 3/24/2010
- Henry Aaron and Robert Reischauer
Health Insurance Exchanges in Health Care Reform: Legal and Policy Issues, The Commonwealth Fund, 12/1/2009
- Timothy Jost
How youíd Shop for Insurance after Health-Care Reform, Consumer Reports, 2/26/2010
- Kevin McCarthy
Will health care reform raise my taxes?, Consumer Reports, 2/23/2010
- Kevin McCarthy
How Health Reform Legislation Will Affect Medicare Beneficiaries, The Commonwealth Fund, 3/1/2010
- Stuart Guterman, Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis
Explaining Health Care Reform: Key Changes to the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit Coverage Gap, Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/1/2010
Q+A: How does healthcare overhaul affect Medicare?, Reuters, 3/22/2010
- Donna Smith
Long-Term Services and Supports Provisions in Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Council on Aging, 3/1/2010
Holding the Line on Medicaid and CHIP: Key Questions and Answers About Health Care Reformís Maintenance-of-Effort Requirements, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/26/2010
New Health Initiatives Put Spotlight on Prevention, The New York Times, 4/4/2010
- Robert Pear
Health Care Reform Leaves Out Illegal Immigrants, Associated Press, 4/4/2010
- Juliana Barbassa
Flexible Spending Accounts Getting Slightly Less Flexible, Consumer Reports, 2/23/2010
- Kevin McCarthy


Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, provided a summary of the new health reform law and its impact on select populations at the April 16 briefing cosponsored by the Fund. (7 min.)

Dean Rosen of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti discussed issues that will arise during implementation of the health reform law. He spoke at the April 16 briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.  (12 min.)

Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress discusses the behind-the-scenes thinking of the Obama Administration in constructing its health reform proposal. She spoke at the April 16 briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth fund. (6 min.)

Sara Collins, vice president of Affordable Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund, offered a timeline for health reform implementation at the April 16 briefing cosponsored by The Fund. (6 min.)


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