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The Impact of Affordable Care Act on CAM and State Rights
Progress toward a single payer and insurance packages
Director Robin Lunge
Deputy Director Dave Reynolds
Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Meeting Oct. 23, 2013
Notes and Recollections by CAMaVT Members Present
Janet Kahn, Senior Policy Advisor, CAHCIM – Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
Sallie Mack, Homeopath, Vermont Homeopathy
Michele Doucette DC, Chiropractor, Zero Balancing in Eden
Janet Smith, Director, Transcendental Meditation program – Vermont
Thomas Hall, Citizen Advocate, Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont (CAMaVT)
Cara Feldman Hunt, Executive Director, Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health
1) Robin Lunge and David Reynolds Comments:
a) State insurance, benefits, and payment determinations are not preempted by the ACA.
b) The exchange will contain the current benefit package for 2014 and 2015. For 2016 it is unknown.
c) State mandates will continue such as insurance coverage of Chiropractors and Naturopaths.
d) If benefits are added the state must pay for them.
e) Single Payer Policy work is continuing. See Jan. 2013 report posted on their website: Health Care Reform Goals , Strategic Plan for Vermont Health Reform for 2012-2014.
f) Payment package for Single Payer due201
g) GMCB defines benefits in 2016
h) Apply for Federal waiver to get out of Exchange late 2015 or early 2016
i) The administration of Single Payer benefits payment could be public/private and may be contracted out by competitive bid.
j) The state does not want to micromanage care and will allow providers to determine care.
k) Discussed Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)
l) Suggested we investigate the $45 million federal SIM CIM grant now called the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project (VHCIP).
1of 6) Comments on ACA (ObamaCare) By Director Robin Lunge, Deputy Director Dave Reynolds Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration:
2 of 6) Access to Integrated Healthcare (IHC), By Janet Kahn
3 of 6) Cover Wellness/Preventative Care; Single Payer By Michele Doucette
4 of 6) Lyme Disease & Out of Pocket For Alternative By Sally Mack
5 of 6) Why Be Required to Pay for what I don’t want to use? By Janet Smith
6 of 6) Put Emphasis on Wellness and Primary Prevention and Costs will be Reduced By Thomas Hall