ACA= Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) AHCA= American Health Care Act (2017 GOP Proposed Plan)
On June 16, 2017 I attended a conference titled "What's Next for New Jersey Healthcare?" at the Rutgers Labor Education Center. It was sponsored by several unions: 1199 SEIU, AAUP-AFT, HPAE-AFT, United Steelworkers and the the Rutgers University Department of Labor Studies & Employment Relations.
The Conference had two sessions. The morning session "Healthcare in the States: What's Happening? What's Working?", featured panelists: Heather Howard, Esq., State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton University Enrique Martinez-Vidal, VP for State Policy & Technical Assistance, AcademyHealth Dr. John McDonough, Director of Continuing Education, Harvard School of Public Health Jo Surpin, President, Applied Medical Software, Collingwood, NJ
The second session "Healthcare in New Jersey: To Protect and Improve the System", focused on NJ specific issues, panelists included: Milly Silva, 1199SEIU Ann Twomey, HPAE Mark Dudzic, Labor for single Payer (USW) Abdur Yasin, FMBA, member of the NJ State Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee
The panel discussed the ACA and pending AHCA and the impact and challenges both have the ACA have had, and the AHCA will have moving forward.
During the discussion the question come up about the impact AHCA would have of medical sector jobs in NJ. It is estimated that there would be a 40% job loss in NJ alone. NJ's workforce has 1 in 8 people employed in healthcare.