The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is making health care accessible to millions of Americans who previously had little or no reliable access to care. As coverage expands, the focus is beginning to shift from access to affordability. The new ACHP paper, Getting to More Affordable Care: How Community Health Plans are Leading the Way, presents examples of how three health plans are successfully addressing affordability in different ways. Their success stories share some common themes: strong and focused leadership starting at the top of the organization, including the board of directors; a conviction that quality and affordability are not mutually exclusive; an open-mindedness to new ideas; and the willingness to take risks and make bold, creative decisions.
ACHP plans are working with communities, provider groups, patients and other stakeholders to improve the quality and affordability of care and the overall health of their communities.