Moving Forward with Health Care Reform

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<p>The Affordable Care Act has been put to legal and political tests and is now indisputably the law of the land. In a <a href="/blog/2012/moving-forward-health-care-reform">new blog post</a>, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis says it's time to come together to ensure that the law is speedily implemented, and to take the steps necessary to guarantee equitable access to high-quality care, while controlling costs. </p><p>The new state insurance exchanges and expansion of Medicaid will give state leaders the opportunity to ensure nearly all Americans are covered by 2022. Important consumer protections such as the guarantee of insurance for people with preexisting conditions will bring peace of mind and financial protection to patients with the most serious health problems. And payment and delivery system innovations, such as patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, will be tested and fine-tuned through a rapid learning process. </p>
<p>"While implementing the Affordable Care Act and developing solutions to our remaining challenges won't be easy, we have a solid foundation on which to build a successful health system," Davis writes. "It’s time for everyone to join forces in getting on with the job."</p>
<p>Read the complete post on <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0B67ACA7A5CB453CB876F3DB59E19448&_z=z">The Commonwealth Fund Blog</a>. </p>