The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Connecticut

Trinity to hold its first Health Care Policy Conference

HARTFORD, CT, April 23, 2013 – Having introduced a master’s degree program this academic year in health care policy, Trinity is poised to host a major conference on Friday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Mather Hall on The Affordable Care Act of 2010, colloquially known as Obamacare. 

A lineup of distinguished speakers will highlight the conference, with a special emphasis on the new law’s implications for Connecticut. The law, which had most of its major components upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2012, has been implemented in stages. When fully implemented in 2020, the law will expand coverage to millions of Americans; hold insurance companies accountable; lower health care costs; guarantee citizens more choice; and ultimately enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

Already, the law has allowed young adults up to the age of 26 be insured on their parents’ policies and also barred insurance companies from excluding people who have pre-existing conditions from obtaining health coverage.

Many supporters of the law believe it represents the most significant government expansion and regulatory overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the adoption of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

The Trinity conference is designed for clinical health providers; public agency officials; health insurance providers; health-care advocacy organizations; business owners and executives; and educators; among others.

Trinity’s new master’s degree in health care policy is believed to be unique in Connecticut and possibly the country. In introducing it, the College has brought together the disparate aspects of the nation’s costly, complex and confusing health care industry, and in so doing, is addressing an issue that has grown in urgency with 45 million uninsured Americans.

The M.A. program focuses on the public policy, economic, and ethical aspects of the delivery and administration of health care. It does not replicate other graduate programs in public health or bioethics that typically concentrate more narrowly on issues of clinical practice.

“Initiating a master’s program in health care policy is a way for Trinity College to serve the educational needs of legal, insurance, regulatory, non-for-profit, and health care professionals as they seek to grapple with the challenges in this area,” said William Barnett, director of graduate studies at Trinity.

Friday’s keynote speech, “The Affordable Care Act: Separating Fact From Fiction," will be delivered by Theodore Marmor, professor emeritus of public policy and political science at Yale University. Marmor’s scholarship primarily deals with welfare state politics and policy in North America and Western Europe. 

Marmor was a member of President Carter's Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and has testified before Congress about medical care reform, Social Security, and welfare issues, as well as being a consultant to the states of Kentucky, Delaware, Texas, Illinois, and Vermont, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Committee on Ways and Means, the Urban Institute, the President's Commission on Income Maintenance, the National Institute for Mental Health, the Office of Equal Opportunity, The Ford Foundation, and the Attorney-General, Canada.

The conference fee is $25 for those not affiliated with Trinity, with the exception of people affiliated with non-for-profit organizations. They can attend for free, as well as Trinity students, faculty and staff.

Those interested in attending may register until Thursday, April 25. Click here to register. 

For a complete schedule of the day’s activities, please visit: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/grad/HealthConference/Pages/Schedule.aspx