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?
For more information, please visit the Alliance’s event page.
Speakers for this session:
The panel is moderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance.
- Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief, Health Affairs
- Nancy Dickey, president, Texas A&M Health Science Center
- Deborah Devaux, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Sharon Long, researcher, The Urban Institute
Aug 10, 2009