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Healthline quotes HPM Chair and Professor Dr. Jack Needleman about what to expect in 2017 for health news

Dr. Jack Needleman, professor and chair of FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management was quoted Jan. 3 in a Healthline article about potential health news trends in 2017.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

From Healthline:

How much of Obamacare will be gutted and how quickly it will be dismantled are uncertain.

Trump has said he favors keeping the ACA provision that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions, as well as the statute that allows children under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ health coverage plans.

The big question, Mosley said, is whether the Republicans will retain the ACA provision that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance.

Without that mandate, Mosley said, the insurance system simply won’t work because younger healthy people won’t sign up. Those enrollees help balance out the more expensive older and less healthy insurance recipients.

Jack Needleman, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Fielding School of Public Health, agrees.

“The industry will collapse without it,” he told Healthline.

Read the full article from Healthline