Health Care Challenges That States Should Prepare to Face in 2017

Jun 08, 2016

By Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Brian Blaise, Ph.D.


Regardless of the outcome of the 2016 elections, states must prepare to deal with several health care policy challenges next year, including serious problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and the large increase in Medicaid. If Republicans win the White House and retain control of Congress, several parts of the ACA may be repealed and replaced. If a Democrat wins the White House, the change may not be as dramatic, but economic realities may force Washington to revisit the workability of the law’s insurance market regulations. Changes that federal policymakers make to the ACA will affect states. This paper outlines several of the challenges that states may face and the potential for reform.

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