All the planning for our presentations on health system reform can’t predict the great questions we receive from physicians in the audience. As part of TMA’s Health Reform School, we’re compiling the best questions — with answers — for December’s Texas Medicine. Here’s a sample:
Q: When will insurance coverage be better and more regulated? Right now physicians are heavily regulated but insurance companies are not. When will this change?
A: The health system reform law provides that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is charged with enforcing the insurance purchase mandate. Thus, if a person does not have health insurance coverage that conforms to the requirements of the law, a penalty is assessed by the IRS.