National Health Reform: What's New In 2011?

Obama signs national health care reform law
Obama signs national health care reform law

Some key provisions coming online in 2011 include:

--Elimination of cost-sharing for certain Medicare-covered preventive services
--Changes to the Medicare Advantage payment system
--Grants for small employers to establish wellness programs
--Establishment of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program (CLASS Act)
--Grants for states to develop alternatives to tort litigation
--Disclosure of the nutritional content of standard menu items at chain restaurants and food sold from vending machines
--Creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
--Grants for chronic disease prevention efforts in the Medicaid program
--Incentives for physicians to practice primary care through the Medicare program
--Changes to tax-free savings accounts such as Health Reimbursement Accounts or health Flexible Spending Accounts

This program aired on December 23, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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