Show: April 21, 2013:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20
- Should health insurance exchanges be regulated by the federal government?
- Zapping addiction
- Doc chat: Are boys more susceptible to autism?
- Consumer Reports and health care
- How does gastric bypass surgery work?
- Should the sun be our primary source of vitamin D?
- Can food replace medicine?
- Could your pets be at risk for dementia?
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Should health insurance exchanges be regulated by the federal government?
Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., associate professor of pediatrics, associate director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.
Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., health policy expert for “Sound Medicine,” discusses the national and local impact of health insurance exchanges. Exchanges allow people with chronic conditions, those who have been discriminated against and those who are unable to afford a private policy to purchase insurance through the government. The Affordable Care Act decided that states would control their own exchange program, but those that choose not to can participate in a blanket national exchange. States that participate in the national exchange do surrender some control to the federal government, but they also save millions of dollars.