Eagerness to Expand Health Insurance Rolls Could Pose Challenges to ACA

By Sarah Sonies

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) voiced his concerns last week that eagerness to enroll eligible low-income individuals in subsidized health insurance programs could cause challenges for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation at the end of the first year.

According to Burgess, who spoke Thursday morning as part of a panel at a POLITICO Pro Health Care Breakfast Briefing at Washington, DC’s Newseum, because the law requires tax credits given to people based on their income, there could be a large amount of returned subsidies if individuals earn more than originally projected.

Mark McClellan, senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution, noted that other changes to ACA implementation include outreach and engagement of young people, especially with information about enrollment in state health exchanges.

However, the panelists predicted that widespread use of social media as an awareness and information dissemination tool will lead young people to information resources, such as Healthcare.gov, that provides audience-specific information regarding enrollment.

To highlight these and other key points, we made a Storify post of our tweets from the panel. Many of our colleagues in #hcsm covering the briefing are mentioned: @EdelmanHealthDC, @annekgauthier, @michaelcburgess, @BrookingsInst, and @PoliticoPro. A video from the panel can be found here, courtesy of POLITICO.

[View “Challenges to ACA: Eagerness, Outreach to Communities” on Storify]

ssonies1—Sarah Sonies is associate editor of Wing of Zock and an Innovation Fellow at the AAMC. She can be reached at ssonies@aamc.org. 140-character insights can be found @SSonies.