Health Leaders Discuss the Affordable Care Act in Anchorage

“Monumental change” is one way to describe the reform taking place in health care right now as the result of the Affordable Care Act. How that change is impacting Alaska was one focus of the State of Reform Health Policy conference on Thursday in downtown Anchorage. The consensus is that there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding a law that will be fully implemented in a little more than a year.

Governor Parnell’s spokesperson Sharon Leighow says the Affordable Care Act is complicated and costly. She says the state hasn’t missed any deadlines for implementing the law.

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