Category: Real Stories, Real Reforms

December Research Roundup: What We’re Reading

Happy New Year! The holiday season may be over, but health policy researchers continue to bestow gifts onto our field. In December, we read about disruptions in health insurance coverage, the uninsured population, and gaps in provider network oversight. This roundup will highlight key findings of these articles, as well as their significance for our work.

Waiting for Medicare: The ACA Will Help Fill the Gap

Until the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, there are gaps in our system of health coverage that can mean some families either go without coverage or must deplete their savings to afford it. But the new Health Insurance Marketplaces can help fill that gap with affordable, adequate coverage.

When One Young Person’s Life Took a Detour, the ACA Provided Help along the Way

An energetic college senior found himself on a life detour when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – and almost immediately confronted with a maze of insurance denials and medical bills, until he was able to enroll in one of the high risk pools created under the Affordable Care Act. JoAnn Volk documents the story of Kalwis Lo, now 24 and looking forward to a lifetime of secure, meaningful coverage, thanks to the ACA.

ACA Reforms Free Up Entrepreneurs to Focus on Their Business

Entrepreneurs with dreams of venturing out to start their own business must now navigate a “wild west” of inadequate and unaffordable insurance options. But the Affordable Care Act’s reforms will change that for entrepreneurs like Joe and Virginia Murphy. JoAnn Volk tells their story.

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