Newswise — BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Beth Meyerson, a health policy expert at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, said, “This deadline and associated extensions reflect the fact that this is a major change to our health care system, with potential to increase health access for millions of people. We have already seen the less than hospitable policy environments at the state level, whereby states erected barriers to enrollment navigation or Medicaid expansion. Extensions have helped to mitigate the impact of such enrollment barriers so people can get the insurance coverage they will need for health access.”
Meyerson, assistant professor and co-director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, will be watching the following issues as the health care reform is implemented:
•State policy learning -- whether states that currently are not expanding Medicaid will do so, when and why.
•How the safety net system of community health centers and other publicly funded care options handle the as yet large number of uninsured and medically underserved populations.
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With nearly 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and advanced degree programs, the School of Public Health-Bloomington offers a traditional campus experience enriched by 21st-century innovation. More than 120 faculty in five academic departments -- Department of Kinesiology; Department of Applied Health Science; Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies; Department of Environmental Health; and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics -- conduct major research, teach and engage with communities across a broad spectrum of health, wellness and disease-prevention topics. Each department offers numerous majors, minors and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate studies. In addition to its academic departments, the school administers Campus Recreational Sports, which serves roughly 80 percent of the IU Bloomington student body through various intramural, club and individual sports opportunities.