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ADVANCE’s Election Coverage

Published October 22, 2012 5:48 PM by Jill Glomstad

The presidential elections are only two weeks away, and as we head into the homestretch, many Americans may be burned out from the seemingly ubiquitous coverage in the media and the increasingly hostile campaign ads that show up during their favorite TV programs, in their mailboxes and just about everywhere they look.

Healthcare providers, however, have a lot riding on this election that will directly impact you and your practice. ADVANCE has compiled a robust collection of election coverage that pertains directly to your industry. Our features include:

Where the Candidates Stand: If you want a quick refresher on the candidates' stances on ten top issues - the economy, healthcare, women's rights, education, equal rights, taxes, national security, gun rights, immigration, and energy - check out our in-depth article. For a quick analysis, check out the candidates' positions on the same issues in slideshow format.

The 2012 ADVANCE Election Survey: More than 3,700 healthcare providers responded to our election survey. What issues have they identified as most important to them during the election? What party do they affiliate with? How do they feel about the Affordable Care Act?

How Will Healthcare Workers Vote?: We spoke to six providers from across the country to ask who they'll vote for and why. Do their views reflect yours?

What's so Important About this Election?: Ned Helms has more than 30 years of experience in New Hampshire health policy and politics, including serving as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for New Hampshire, founder and president of a health policy consulting firm, and chief administrative officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire. In this exclusive webcast, he discusses why this election is so important for healthcare providers.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): A number of states and healthcare facilities are hesitant to move forward with many initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)until after the election, due in part to Republicans' pledges to try to repeal the law in its entirety. ACOs, however, are rolling right ahead and many policy analysts believe that they will become a mainstay of healthcare regardless of which party is in the White House after the election.

Medicaid Expansion: When the Supreme Court voted to uphold the ACA this past summer, the ruling included a stipulation that the Medicaid expansion part of the law, which had intended to expand Medicaid eligibility to millions of low-income Americans, could not be forced on states. What are states choosing to do?

Health Insurance Exchanges: A key part of the ACA is the "individual mandate," which requires all individuals to have health insurance by 2014. State health insurance exchanges are online information portals where individuals will be able to research and purchase the plan that's best for them. How will these exchanges work? What will happen to them if Republicans win the election and attempt to repeal the ACA?

The ACA and Healthcare Jobs: The health reform law seeks to expand coverage to millions of Americans - but who will treat these new patients? The law also contains several provisions to incentivize students to become health providers and encourage them, as well as existing providers, to serve in areas of high need.

Could the ACA Be Repealed?: Attorney Mark Alderman is co-chair of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, which works with clients to advocate their interests with decision-makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government. In this webcast, he discusses how the election could affect the health reform law.

For ongoing coverage, check out our exclusive election Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/ADVANCElect2012.

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