Policy in Action: Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation continues to be a subject of debate in 2016 in states where legislators are deciding whether or not to expand Medicaid. Apart from the ACA, healthcare insurers are continuing the steady rate of consolidation and as more insurance companies merge, legislators will have to come to terms with the effects on their respective states in terms of insurance offerings. Drug pricing mechanisms are likely to get attention too, given that 2015 saw investigations and arrests. Telehealth concerns rise in 2016 as patients rely more on their smartphones to access care, raising privacy and ethical concerns.