Health Care Reform News

Learn more about our health care reform initiatives and priorities by reading the following Aetna news releases. For an outside perspective, check out the In the Media stories below.

Aetna Health Reform News

Aetna Launches New Health Care Reform Website - May 9, 2011

Aetna Pledges Support to Partnership for Patients Initiative - April 12, 2011

Aetna Recognized by the National Business Group on Health for Reducing Disparities in Care - March 11, 2011

Aetna and Carilion Clinic Announce Plans to Collaborate On Accountable Care Organization - March 10, 2011    
Aetna Foundation to Fund Over $1 Million in Research to Deepen Understanding of Obesity Epidemic - February 23, 2011    
New Aetna Tool Helping Small Businesses Understand Tax Credit Opportunities - February 9, 2011       
Moving Forward After Senate Vote on Health Reform Repeal - February 3, 2011
Health Care Reform Implementation Continues Following House Vote - January 19, 2011    
Aetna Accountable Care Organizations Proving That Improved Quality, Lower Costs Are Possible - December 20, 2010 
Aetna Recognizes Six-Month Anniversary of Historic Health Care Reform Legislation - September 23, 2010  
Aetna Suppliers Meet Health Care Coverage Challenge To Reduce Number of Uninsured - July 15, 2010 
Aetna Supports National Action Plan To Improve Health Literacy - June 4, 2010 
Statement of Aetna Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Williams on the Signing of Health Care Reform Legislation - March 23, 2010 
Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Sponsor Health Affairs Issue Offering Solutions to Address Rising Health Care Costs - September 9, 2009  
Aetna Chairman and CEO Ron Williams Testifies on Delivery System Reform During Senate Finance Committee Roundtable Discussion - April 21, 2009  
Aetna Chairman and CEO Ron Williams Testifies on Need for Fundamental Health Care Reform Before Senate HELP Committee - March 24, 2009   
Health Reform News In the Media

Battle Over Health Care Law Shifts to Federal Appellate Courts (New York Times, May 8)
A five-week flurry of federal appellate hearings on the constitutionality of the Obama health care law kicks off Tueasday in Richmond, Va.,  beginning the second round of a race to the Supreme Court.

How rich health care mandates could bust the budget (FORTUNE, May 4)
Medical groups are furiously lobbying HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to get their treatments covered under the reform bill.

Obama Supports Health-Law Waiver Proposal (, Feb. 28)
President Barack Obama recently told about four-dozen governors he supports a proposal to allow states to obtain an early waiver from his health-care law.

Long-Term Care Needs Changes, Officials Say (, Feb. 21)
One of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s legacies in the new health care law, intended to allow the chronically ill and people with disabilities to continue living in their homes, is too costly to survive without major changes, Obama administration officials now say.

Big Health-Care Changes Arrive in New Year (, Dec. 31)
New taxes on drug makers, lower prescription-drug costs for seniors and restrictions on tax-free medical spending accounts are among a slate of health-law provisions that kick in Saturday.

Pro / Con: The fairness of health insurance incentives (, Jan. 3)
Many employers offer discounts to workers who take steps toward better health. This can cut costs and encourage wellness, but it could also penalize those who can't make the changes and yet will pay more in premiums.

On Health Law, Check Back in a Generation (, Dec. 15)
Whether or not the Supreme Court ultimately upholds or rejects the idea of a government mandate to buy health insurance, the various facets of the new law will be subject to myriad challenges over the next several years — not only in the courts, but on the floor of Congress and inside the agencies that will establish a truckload of new regulations.

Embracing Incentives for Efficient Health Care (, Nov. 28)
Spurred by incentives in the federal health-overhaul law, hospitals and doctors around the country are beginning to create new entities that aim to provide more efficient health care.  But these efforts are already raising questions about whether they can truly save money, or if they might actually drive costs higher.

Medicare, Medicaid quality plan unveiled (, Nov. 17)
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced new initiatives to boost the quality of medical care that Americans receive, laying the foundation for what many experts think could be one of the most far-reaching benefits of the new healthcare law.