League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY



I. Presentations at the League of Women Voters forum "The Affordable Care Act: Challenges in Local Implementation" held on October 17, 2013:

Sarah F. Liebschutz, Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, The College at Brockport
Joseph Vasile, MD, CEO, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association
Michelle Casey, Director CMMI Program, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
Lynne Scalzo, VP Business Strategy, Excellus BC/BS

II. Positions on Healthcare

League of Women Voters of United States position on Health Care (April 1993)

League of Women Voters of New York State position on Health Care (1985, revised 1999)

History of action taken on these positions is included.

III. Affordable Health Care for America Act Short Summary

prepared by the Committees on Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce, and Education & Labor, October 29, 2009, American Public Health Association

IV. Cost Containment and Quality of Care

1. "Health Care Cost Containment: The Affordable Care Act" by Sarah F. Liebschutz, PhD.
2. Charts related to III-1.
3. "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing US" by Steven Brill, Time, March 4, 2013
The complete article is available only to Time subscribers, but its unique perspective is worth a visit to the library
4. "Seven Factors Driving Up Your Health Care Costs" by Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, October 24, 2012
5. "Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act", HealthCare.gov
Describes ways ACA is intended to close gap in premium cost between small and large businesses.

V. Consumer Access to Care and Delivery of Care

1. "ACA Exchanges and the Uninsured" compiled by Lisa Slater, October 10, 2012
Describes how the Exchanges or "Marketplace" affects the uninsured.
2. "Use tax credits to buy health insurance_LWV"
A detailed description of how the exchanges will work in specific cases thru a Q & A format
3."Impact of Federal Health Reform on New York's Uninsured"
Map and statistics showing impact of ACA on uninsured by NYS region.
4. "Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act" by Kaiser Family Foundation, Journal of American Medical Association, December 26, 2012
Step by step chart on options/requirements for health coverage under ACA beginning 2014
5. "State Health Insurance Exchange Governance" by Kaiser Family Foundation
Want to have fun poking around the Kaiser Family Foundation site on Health Care?  This site gives you the monthly status of NYS's progress in implementing the ACA and compares NY to other states in the Union.
6. "Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act"by Kaiser Family Foundation, Journal of American Medical Association, March 27, 2013
Explains who is covered, which states opt to participate, cost of Medicaid for nonelderly uninsured
7. "Implementing Federal Health Care Reform: A Roadmap for New York State", NYS Health Foundation, August 2010
Road map specific to NYS's unique application of ACA
8. "Community Health Centers and the Affordable Care Act:Increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, High Quality Care", HealthCare.gov, September 12, 2011
How ACA intends to make Community Health Centers more accessible, affordable

VI. General Information: Comparative International Health Care Systems

1. Book: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, by T.R. Reid, The Penguin Press, 2009
Comparison of health care access and cost in U.S. to other first world countries
2. "21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous" by Ezra Klein, Washington Post, March 26, 2013
Cost comparison by procedure by country

Note: One of the best sources for information on all of these topics is the Kaiser Family Foundation website, kff.org.


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