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Seven Years in and Still Evolving: The ACA and Oncology Social Work: Where are We Now?
Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW
Recorded on May 18, 2017
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About the Webinar
In light of the recent defeat of the GOP's "repeal and replace" efforts for the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") it is more important than ever that oncology social workers become experts about medical insurance. Speaker Paul Ryan said after the bill was pulled, "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land until it is replaced." In order to effectively advocate and support clients in navigating the maze of public and private insurance programs, it is critical that oncology social workers develop not only a strong foundation in and comfort with medical insurance, but that they become the healthcare team member with Affordable Care Act expertise. In this webinar, we will explore the tenets of the legislation as written, the current state of enrollment and challenges to health insurance access in both the health care marketplace and Medicaid plans, and opportunities for social work interventions. Participants will take away a refreshed and renewed knowledge of the working on insurance, public policy and how to navigate our patients through these turbulent times. p>
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the objectives of the Triple Aim and identify examples of current health system initiatives to meet those objectives that are pertinent for social work practice.
- Explain the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to care, screening & preventive health services, and the financial burden of care for oncology patients.
- Identify remaining barriers to care in the post ACA era, including state variability in Medicaid expansion, cost challenges with marketplace based plans, and health insurance navigation.
- Describe how the political landscape surrounding the ACA relevant to the 2016 presidential election will impact health care delivery services.
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.