State Health Care Systems: Bracing For A Supreme Court Decision

State Health Care Systems: Bracing For A Supreme Court Decision

As Maryland and Virginia await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act--also known as Obamacare--they have taken different approaches to a looming 2014 deadline.

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act of 2010, it gave states until January 2014 to expand their health safety nets and get new insurance exchanges up and running. Now as the states await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the act--also known as Obamacare--they confront political uncertainty and growing pressures on their health systems. We explore the different paths taken by Virginia and Maryland, and examine whether innovations at the state level will lower costs for consumers.

Guests

Joshua Sharfstein

Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland

William Hazel

Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

Jack Meyer

Professor of the Practice, Maryland School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health, University of Maryland; Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Rosemary Gibson

Co-author, "The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama's Reform Means for America's Future" (Rowman & Littlefield)

Edmund Haislmaier

Senior Research Fellow, Health Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation

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