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Expanding Access to Care: More than Just an Insurance Card?

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-sponsored this event to explore expanding access to health care as a main goal of health reform.

Panelists address the following questions:

  • What provisions exist in the health reform proposals that speak directly to expanding access to health care?
  • What types of payment reforms would help? What are the special challenges faced by rural areas? How are these reforms incorporated into Medicare versus the private insurance market?
  • Are we educating enough primary care providers to sustain an increase in access?
  • If not, how can policy changes attract more to that field? What has Massachusetts’ experience been with primary care capacity after their reform efforts?
  • Are things like retail clinics helping to alleviate the shortage?

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Speakers for this session:

The panel is moderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance.
Opening Remarks

Speakers include:
Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief, Health Affairs
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Nancy Dickey, president, Texas A&M Health Science Center
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Deborah Devaux, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
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Sharon Long, researcher, The Urban Institute
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Q&A
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Event Date

Aug 10, 2009