The ACA Through a Post-Election Lens

Dates: December 09, 2014
Venue: Noon - 1 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, representing a significant attempt to reform the U.S. health care system. The ACA's stated goals were to reduce health care costs and improve patient health outcomes and experiences. The ACA appreciably overhauled the health care delivery system and included more than two dozen provisions affecting oral health and health professions education.

In the past four years, the ACA has been one of the most debated political topics in the country. Leading up to the November 4, 2014 midterm elections, congressional candidates campaigned about and debated the ACA. Most Republican candidates campaigned for repeal or replacement, considering it flawed, at the least, or at most, an overreach in the powers of the federal government and an intrusion into the personal lives of Americans. On the other hand, most Democratic candidates conceded that while the ACA may not be perfect, it was a giant step in the right direction of improving health care in America, and subsequently campaigned for its continued implementation.

Many provisions of the ACA are underway, including the creation of patient-centered health care organizations such as accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and health insurance marketplaces, while other provisions will be implemented over the next few years. As the provisions of the ACA continue to unfold, it is important to understand and assess its impact on overall health, costs, capacity and access to care given the political contentiousness that may either disrupt or delay implementation of the law in the future.

This timely webinar focused on key components of the ACA, the impact of the law on the delivery system—access to oral health care—and the law's overall effect on oral health care and academic dentistry. Also, the webinar covered what to expect next when the 114th session of Congress convenes in January 2015.

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Presented By: 

Peter DanianoPeter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Director, Public Policy Center; Director, Health Policy Research Program; Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry

Dr. Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) at the University of Iowa and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa School of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the PPC since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the U.S. Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (D.D.S.) and University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health (M.P.H.).

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Learning Objectives:

This webinar will enable participants to:

  • Discern the ACA provisions that affect oral health care and access to oral health care.
  • Identify the provisions that could affect dental education and, generally, academic dental institutions.
  • Understand the insurance-related and delivery system issues related to oral health care in the ACA.
  • Explain how, post-elections, Congress may defund, refine or replace various provisions of the ACA.

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CE Information: 

ADEA will email participant evaluations shortly after the conclusion of the webinar. If you would like to earn continuing education (CE) credit for your participation in the webinar "Provisions of the Affordable Care Act that Affect Oral Health Care and a Post-Election Assessment," complete the online evaluation in full by January 30, 2014. After completing the evaluation, you will have the opportunity to immediately print and save your CE Verification Form.

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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

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