From 'Pure Politics': What will the health care law do to health care in America?

10/18/2010 07:12 PM

The health care law Congress passed in March will likely mean more people have health insurance but won’t necessarily drive the cost of coverage down, said Shannon Turner, former state Medicaid commissioner and current health care policy consultant.

Turner said on Pure Politics Monday that the true test of the bill’s effectiveness will come once the more than 1,600 regulations are filled in by the Health and Human Services Cabinet.

While most provisions of the bill won’t kick in until 2014 or later, Turner did explain one new effect that starts in January. Employees can pay $65 a month out of their paychecks to qualify for home health care — as opposed to nursing home care — unless they opt out of that program, Turner said.

“Nobody’s really talking about it,” she said.

Here’s how she breaks down some of the key effects of the bill and her answer to a question that has popped up in the U.S. Senate race: whether the bill will raise individuals’ deductibles (the amount paid out of pocket for health care).

- Ryan Alessi


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