The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA for short), often referred to as “Obamacare” offers coverage opportunities for individuals who previously may not have had access to health insurance. This course will provide a primer on the ACA and the state Benchmark Plan process and discuss what we have discovered so far regarding cochlear implant coverage under the new State Health Insurance Marketplaces.
Course created on January 15, 2014
- Participants will be able to explain the basic characteristics of the new individual and small group plans and who may be eligible to purchase insurance under the new exchanges.
- Participants will be able to advise patients on how to evaluate their State Health Insurance Marketplace plans as to appropriate coverage for cochlear implantation.
- Participants will be able to assess the possible impact of Medicaid Expansion on access to cochlear implantation in their state.
|5-15 Minutes||Overview of the Affordable Care Act|
|15-20 Minutes||Cochlear Implantation as an Essential Health Benefit|
|20-30 Minutes||Health Care Marketplaces and the Benchmark Plan Process|
|30-40 Minutes||State Champion Program and Case Studies|
|40-55 Minutes||Medicaid Expansion: What does that mean and how might it impact on adult access to care?|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary and Q&A|
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Donna Sorkin is Executive Director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a national organization devoted to expanding access to cochlear implantation for all who may benefit. She has had a long career in advocacy for people with hearing loss at for-profit and non-profit entities. She was previously executive director of two US organizations: Hearing Loss Association of America (an organization for adults) and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (with a focus on children). Ms. Sorkin served for 11 years as Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and other activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including insurance coverage and reimbursement, habilitation for children and adults, and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board (as a Presidential appointee) and the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Gallaudet University. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Legislative Director, POWERS PYLES SUTTER & VERVILLE PC
Theresa Morgan: Financial: Theresa Morgan is the Legislative Director of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC. Non-Financial: Theresa Morgan is passionate about advancing policies to improve access to health care services and devices.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Content Disclosure: This course will discuss the State Champions Program/ACI Alliance
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