Title: 'The Affordable Care Act and its Potential for Improving Primary Care'
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Keyword(s): health insurance, health reform, reimbursement
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe select provisions in the ACA that may improve access to primary care, increase reimbursement and support medical homes
  2. Discuss the implications of these provisions on patients, families, providers and states


As more people are anticipated to gain access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the full spectrum of new consumer protections are implemented, questions have emerged about how the law will impact primary care physicians, the foundation of the health care delivery system. This interactive session will address provisions under the ACA that have implications for primary care workforce development, reimbursement, new options for patient access to preventative services and policy and financial supports for medical/health home practice, among others. Resources for educating patients and families on their coverage options, benefits, and cost-sharing responsibilities under the ACA will be offered. The session will close with a facilitated discussion among the participants of opportunities and remaining challenges in improving primary care in the era of health care transformation.
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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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