With the midterm elections behind us, all eyes are on the newly elected to see what will be accomplished in terms of healthcare reform.
Significant cooperation between the Democratic majority House and Republican majority Senate will be critical in making any substantial progress. Despite being a major point of discussion, there is no clear indication from Congress or constituents alike on what has been positive or negative about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) says Annette Bechtold, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Reform Initiatives at OneDigital, in her byline “The New Face of Congress: How the Midterm Elections will Reshape the Healthcare Legislation Landscape” featured in DOTmed’s HealthCare Business Daily News. While Congress begins their new roles, she examines the Trump administration and regulatory bodies’ intention to continue moving forward with a list of items that will affect individual and employer health insurance plans.
It’s too soon to tell whether the good intentions of both parties to roll up their sleeves and work together will manifest into the enactment of legislation. But the greatest chance for change will be at the state and regulatory levels. Because no matter what happens with the new Congress taking office, it’s important to remember that the regulatory bodies at both the state and federal level can make many changes for which they do not need congressional approval.
— Annette Bechtold, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Reform Initiatives at OneDigital Health and Benefits
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