Whether all or parts of the Affordable Care Act can be repealed –or disregarded by states-in the future–it is the law of the land now. Agencies, health care providers and advocacy groups have asked the non-political South Carolina Public Health Institute to help them sort out how to apply the law. These stakeholders include Health Sciences South Carolina, the SC Hospital Association, AARP, Appleseed Legal Justice Center, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Health and Human Services–to name a handful.
The institute supports and does research for nine teams studying different aspects of the new health care law –and how to apply it. With 46 provisions of the Affordable Care Act already in effect by this month, there are hundreds of implementation questions. Megan Weis, who is in charge of Outreach and Program Development at the SC PHI, says in some cases there are more questions right now than answers.
For example, the Medicaid workgroup that I am staffing and working with very closely, there are a lot of questions about some of the regulations that are coming down from the federal government. So there’s parts of the Affordable Care Act where they say, “OK, you’re going to have requirements around XY and Z.” Well, do we know what those look like yet? No.
Weis spoke to SCRN’s Ashley Byrd: