Title: 'The Affordable Care Act and Implications for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities'
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Keyword(s): health insurance; health benefits; health reform
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe select provisions in the Affordable Care Act that have implications for children who are deaf/hard of hearing
  2. Discuss the potential benefits and concerns associated with them
  3. Identify additional technical assistance resources on the ACA available from the Catalyst Center


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states with important tools to facilitate newborn hearing screening and support children and youth with hearing loss and their families in accessing coverage that is universal and continuous, adequate and affordable. However, interpretation of the law and addressing implementation challenges with the unique needs of children with hearing loss in mind will shape how well the ACA fulfills its promise to this vulnerable population. Meg Comeau, Co-Principal Investigator of the Catalyst Center at the Boston University School of Public Health, will provide a select overview of relevant ACA provisions. Following the presentation, Meg will facilitate an interactive discussion among attendees and answer questions from the audience.
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Meg Comeau - Primary Presenter
Catalyst Center - Boston University
     Credentials: MHA
      Meg is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Catalyst Center at the Boston University School of Public Health, a federally-funded national technical assistance center dedicated to providing support to states and stakeholder groups on health care coverage and financing policy for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Meg’s policy analysis work has focused on the role of Medicaid in serving children with disabilities, the implications of federal health care reform for children with a broad spectrum of special health care needs and the causes and consequences of financial hardship among families raising children with special health care needs. Meg holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College in Boston. She has earned several honors, including a Young Investigator Award from the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive Care and Critical Care Societies and the David S. Weiner Award for Outstanding Leadership in Child Health.

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