Health Care Access and Affordability
For millions of Americans, the cost of healthcare is unaffordable and difficult to access, including underserved and minority populations. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), now more than ten years old, attempted to improve conditions through expanding public programs like Medicaid and subsidizing individual health insurance, but what has been the program’s benefits with underserved or minority populations? What are other ideas to make care affordable via private payers or government-run programs? Can the marketplace bring the cost of care down and enable underserved communities more / easier access to care to address comorbidities?
Randy Pate, former CMS Deputy Administrator and the Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) will discuss this important topic with BioIQ’s Justin Bellante. Mr. Pate has lead CMS’ work on the individual and small group markets, including the Health Insurance Exchanges, state innovation waivers, and the effort to increase competition and choice for consumers.