Highly Acclaimed AIS Conference Highlights the Potential Effects of a Romney or Obama Win on Health Reform Implementation

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Hear what experts have to say on the upcoming presidential elections on a video recording of Atlantic Information Services’ Oct. 4-5 health business conference, New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World.

AIS’s Health Business Roundtables, October 4-5, Washington DC

"New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World"

“This is the most transformational time our country has experienced in health in its history.” -- Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

On Oct. 4-5, Atlantic Information Services hosted New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World, a highly acclaimed event on compelling bottom-line issues for health business leaders — from exchanges to dual eligibles to new benefit designs to ACOs and medical homes to how the elections will reshape health reform law and regulation. In seven Health Business Roundtables and two keynote presentations, many experts shared their thoughts on the effects of the upcoming November presidential election. AIS is pleased to announce that video recordings of this two-day event are now available.

Comparing the impact of health care reform with the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank to set monetary policy in 1913, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said, “This is the most transformational time our country has experienced in health in its history.”

Daschle, who delivered the keynote, also said the upside-down structure of the health care system and its inefficiencies demand changing, and cited the three major plagues in the system now: access to health care, the cost of care and the quality of care.

In his presentation, former CMS Administrator Thomas Scully predicted that if former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (R) wins the presidency on Nov. 6, he will push for repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, raise the Medicare eligibility age to 67, end Medicaid expansion and give states much more discretion in how they handle their existing Medicaid enrollees.

During the conference’s November Elections Roundtable, Henry Aaron, a senior fellow in economic studies at the left-leaning Brookings Institution, concurred with Scully and elaborated that if Romney ends up winning the presidency and the Republicans take over both houses of Congress, efforts to go after the health reform law will be strengthened and could be accomplished through the budget reconciliation process. Tom Miller, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, also agreed, saying that with a Republican takeover of Congress and the White House, they “can debone and fillet the [Affordable Care Act] and leave some [extra] around for soup.”

In the event of an Obama reelection, however, Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow in health policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, said, during the November Elections Roundtable, “[we] better see implementation on steroids within a week,” explaining how the Obama Administration will have to accelerate implementation of reform provisions to meet deadlines.

For more information on the other Health Business Roundtables and to order a recording of the conference, visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/roundtable-sessions-october-2012.

About New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World
Held on Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C., New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World featured a Keynote Presentation by Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a Luncheon Presentation by former CMS head Tom Scully, and 27 other industry experts who participated in provocative Health Business Roundtables. Visit http://aishealth.com/roundtable/october2012 for more information.

About Atlantic Information Services
AIS has been a national leader in health care business news and information for more than 25 years. The firm currently has more than 40,000 readers of Health Plan Week, AIS’s Health Reform Week, Medicare Advantage News, Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, ACO Business News, Drug Benefit News, Specialty Pharmacy News, AIS’s Directory of Health Plans, Health Business Daily and a variety of other print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books and reports, databases and webinars. Its information-packed website at AISHealth.com has nearly 100,000 page views per month. Visit http://aishealth.com.

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