The last several months have brought significant speculation about President Trump’s long-awaited legislation to replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though Trump has pushed lawmakers to get onboard with his American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Act was ultimately withdrawn from vote with Obamacare (OC) remaining as the law of the land for the foreseeable future. Still, it’s likely that some form of the bill will make a return to the docket in the near future, leaving all eyes on the Oval Office for signs that a revision is in the works.
While most Americans are at least aware of the plan, according to the Spring 2017 Aloft AHCA Survey, with a little over 72% of respondents being somewhat familiar, familiar or very familiar with the plan, the public has had mixed views regarding a replacement plan and concerns about how this may impact their care. Over half of the respondents (52.4%) are against a replacement plan altogether, with the majority having an overall positive or neutral opinion of their current coverage under Obamacare. Roughly 47.2% felt that the quality of coverage was unchanged following the Affordable Care Act and 52.8% did not feel that their choices for coverage were limited with Obamacare.
When it comes to health care priorities, the majority of respondents (41.9%) list quality of care as their number one concern with a change in health care legislation, topping both the cost of premiums and deductibles. So what does this mean for providers?
It’s likely that now is an excellent time for open communication with patients regarding potential changes that may come with shifting health care legislation. Now, more than ever, providers will need to place patient care and the patient experience as a top priority in order to continue to drive loyalty as some patients face declining coverage.