Title

United States

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Editor(s)

Sarah Ellson

ISBN

978-1-83862-784-3

Publisher

Law Business Research Ltd

Language

en-US

Abstract

The US healthcare industry remains at a crossroads. The healthcare reform legislation passed under President Barack Obama in 2010, officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) but widely referred to in the United States as ‘Obamacare’, resulted in significant changes in the US healthcare system. These changes included a dramatic expansion in the number of insured patients, contributing to increased demand for services. Many of these newly insured are covered by the joint state-federal Medicaid programme, which generally covers low-income patients as an entitlement programme, and reimburses at the lowest rates in most markets. However, the ACA has created a number of challenges for the US healthcare system as well, owing to both increased demand driven by newly insured patients and a view by many providers that the rates paid by many payers for healthcare services are inadequate

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