AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)
The main goals of the ACA are to provide broad health insurance coverage and improve the fairness, quality, and affordability of that coverage, improve healthcare value and efficiency, strengthen primary care access, and invest in public health. The ACA establishes a health plan exchange marketplace for insurance products that meet certain federal and state standards, which are called qualified health benefit plans. These plans are required to cover “essential benefits,” which have yet to be fully defined.
The stipulations of the ACA that are especially relevant to cancer patients and providers include the following:
efforts to ensure that the many regulations related to ACA implementation meet the needs of cancer patients. Dr. Seffrin said there is a need for scientifically based recommendations in the areas of cancer prevention, palliation, quality of life, cost containment, and appropriate care. Dr. Glasgow suggested conducting mathematical modeling of healthcare reform so as to see the effects of different policy options. He suggested that such modeling