Waiting for the Dust to Settle: Predicting the Future of Public Benefits in the Post-ACA Era


What will happen to public benefits like Medicare, Medicaid and VA Pension in the post-Obamacare era? 

Since the American Health Care Act (AHCA) legislation was taken off the table in March, the Trump Administration’s efforts to create health care “reform” appear to be on hold, at least for now. Given that the Administration wants to devote 2017 to other agenda items, we may not see the issue come up again until after the November 2018 election. 

What we are likely to see are subtle, under-the-radar changes that don’t require Congressional approval. Proposed rules are withdrawn. Rules in effect are not enforced. Policies are changed. 

We are also likely to see more public interest litigation, as advocates react to patient-consumer protections eroded by Administration inaction or lack of oversight. 

How should older Americans and their caregivers respond? Your best bet is to stay informed and get your news from various sources. If you’re a Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law client, keep in touch with our staff for information about new developments. 

It’s also vital to do your civic duty. That means letting your elected representatives know what you think and – most important – how the health care and Long-Term Services & Support systems are working and not working for you. Don’t be afraid to offer suggestions for improvement. 

If the ACHA experience taught us anything, it showed that the people’s opinions about healthcare reform still matter, and that we can still affect what happens in Washington. 

Wondering what is—and isn’t—working in America’s current healthcare legislation? This article explains

 

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