Mandate to affect student health care
Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
Lau said the new health care policy will be beneficial for millions of people, especially individuals who have pre-existing conditions.
"With the cost of health care as high as it is, I believe those people are being discriminated for something that they can’t control," Lau said.
One of the issues with the current health care system is that some health care providers are not receiving adequate reimbursement for their care. In Texas, Medicaid pays about 45 cents on the dollar, Dickey said.
"Physicians are saying, 'Wait a minute, they are making more people carry an insurance card but each one of those insurance interactions will pay me less,'" she said about ACA insuring about 30 million more Americans.
If government programs or private insurance companies don't cover the lack of reimbursements to physicians, hospitals and providers may find it difficult if not impossible to afford the overhead cost of providing care.
Part of the ACA included a Medicaid expansion, which says states should expand Medicaid to people with income up to 133 percent of the poverty line. Due to the expansion, Medicaid is said to insure about half of Americans currently without health insurance.
At least four GOP governors have declared their states will not accept the Medicaid expansion, including Florida, South Carolina, Iowa and Louisiana. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that leaders of half a dozen other states — including Texas, home to one of the largest concentrations of uninsured people — are considering following suit.
Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement that the ruling "will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track."
Dickey said the ACA will be one bill in a series.
"This issue will not be over with — even according to the bill — until the mid teens of this century," she said. "I think this is more like Medicare; this is something you will see tweaked and modified for the next 25 years."