Stress Test for ACA Replacement: Impact on High-Need, High-Cost Patients

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<p>Today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As lawmakers consider the American Health Care Act, they will need to resolve a conundrum: how to make health insurance more affordable while tending to the needs of very sick patients who incur high costs. </p><p>In a new <em>To the Point</em> post, Tracy L. Johnson, Holly A. Batal, and Patricia Gabow examine the case of Denver Health, a health system that has built on the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and investments in health care delivery innovation to improve care and lower costs for high-need, high-cost patients. The authors believe these individuals “are a critical group with which to ‘stress test’ the effects of [repeal-and-replace] proposals.”</p> Read the post