Dr. Matthew Buettgens discusses the insurance changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

Why you should watch

Look back and learn how the ACA has affected such programs as Medicaid, CHIP, etc.


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Matthew Buettgens, Ph.D., is a mathematician and senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. He leads the development of the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model. His recently published work analyzes aspects of national health insurance reform, including the costs and savings of health reform for federal and state governments, state-by-state analyses of changes in health insurance coverage, anticipated numbers of people remaining uninsured, the effect of reform on employers, etc.

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