Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the healthcare law, what does it mean for you?
1. As an American and voter, it means that –
- – You will be hearing a lot of rhetoric both pro and con on the merits of the law throughout the 2012 congressional and presidential campaigns.
- – Depending on the outcome of the elections, you will see increased momentum in the Administration’s implementation of the law and/or attempted repeal of the law in Congress.
- The next battleground for healthcare reform will be in the states.
2. As a PA, it means that you will be –
- – Recognized as one of three primary healthcare professionals in the U.S. today.
- – Valued as a vital and growing component of the nation’s healthcare workforce as medical practices and healthcare systems look to become more cost efficient, while maintaining quality in the delivery of services.
- – Eligible for 10% bonus for primary care codes through Medicare.
- – Allowed to order skilled nursing facility care for Medicare beneficiaries.
- – Embraced as a favored healthcare professional in patient-centered, primary care medical homes, Independence at Home models of care, chronic care management, and other new models of care designed to better coordinate care through team-based practice and to promote value to the healthcare delivery system.
3. As a PA student, it means that you will be –
- – Viewed as a valued professional in the nation’s future healthcare workforce.
- – Eligible for increased financial support though the National Health Service Corp’s scholarship and loan repayment programs.
4. As a PA educator, it means that you will be –
- – Eligible for increased funding support through the Public Health Service Act’ Title VII Health Professions Program.
- – Additionally, eligible for faculty loan repayment programs through the Title VII program.
5. As a parent, it means that you can now –
- – Extend health insurance coverage for adult children up to age 26 through your family health insurance plan.
- – Be assured that your child cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
6. As healthcare consumers, it means that you and the patients you serve will continue to benefit from –
- – Selective preventive services without cost sharing.
- – High risk pools for those who are uninsured with pre-existing conditions.
- – Choice of primary care provider, OB/GYN, and pediatrician.
- – Use of the nearest emergency room, without penalty.
- – Prescription drug support for Medicare beneficiaries.
7. In 2014, it means that you and the patients you serve will no longer be subject to –
- – Denial of health insurance coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
- – An annual limit or lifetime limits on health insurance coverage.
- – Gender discrimination in healthcare premiums.
8. Additionally, it means that you will benefit from protections that prevent insurers from –
- – Cancelling a policy without proving fraud.
- – Denying claims without an appeal.
- – Charging premiums that build more than 20% administrative costs (and less than 80% healthcare costs) into the fee.