Academics and policy-makers from across the country will gather Friday, March 1, 2013 for Health Care Reform: The State of the States Roundtable, to discuss key legal issues and potential solutions for states as they implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The roundtable will delve into the decisions that states must make (or engage with the federal government to make) in order to create the new health insurance exchanges mandated by PPACA.Topics to be discussed include: affordability; benefits for reproductive health services, addiction diagnosis and treatment, and mental health services; and the flexibility of private insurers to meet the requirements of the essential health benefits package.
The roundtable will also look at states’ plans for Medicaid expansion, including providing care to undocumented aliens, the impact on disproportionate share hospitals, and issues associated with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
The conference is being organized by Professor Ellen Weber, director of UM Carey Law’s Drug Policy Clinic, and Professor Diane Hoffman, director of the law school’s Law & Health Care Program. Professor Weber received a $350,000 grant from the Open Society Institute to support Advancing Access to Addiction Treatment, a two-year project. The purpose of the grant is to support the Drug Policy Clinic’s research, education and advocacy efforts to ensure expanded access to addiction treatment services in Maryland as the federal health care reform legislation is implemented.