Like the law or not, nurses and other health-care providers often will be the first sources patients turn to for answers about the Affordable Care Act. That's part of the reason Blayne Miley, director of policy and advocacy for the Indiana State Nursing Association, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday when University of Saint Francis takes a look at the Affordable Care Act in its "Future of" lecture series.
“Patients are going to have questions, and they're going to be asking health-care providers those questions,” Miley said in an interview Thursday.
The university bills the afternoon session as a way to lead business, human resources and healthcare professionals and practitioners to a deeper understanding of the law as they seek to deliver better client services and care. Those attending the live presentation can sign up for one of two breakout sessions on business/human resources or the healthcare workplace following Miley's presentation.
Anticipating the impact of the law is even harder in Indiana than in many states, because state officials are negotiating with the federal government in an effort to substitute the Healthy Indiana plan for an expansion of Medicaid, Miley said.
He emphasized that he would not make a pitch to support or oppose the law. But he does think that lawmakers and regulators ought to hear from health-care professionals as they implement the law here.
“Health-care professionals need to be involved in this discussion with policy-makers. … But to join that discussion, you need to have a baseline knowledge of what's involved,” he said.