Alyssa Wostrel

Challenges of providing access to care


The option to choose your health care provider often is challenged by government and insurance alike. Alyssa Wostrel discusses the primary health policy issues that are important to providing access to integrative care in the United States.

The Interview

I think being an advocate — that’s a big bucket to define. It’s about connecting to a common purpose that resonates with me and others as being important. That is fulfilling a common need. For me, that has expressed itself in access to care.

So the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) is working on access to care issues through section 2706. Section 2706 is a provision of the Affordable Care Act; it’s called the Non-Discrimination Provision. And this provision is really about the discriminatory practices that abound in the insurance world around reimbursement.

If a patient wants to see a midwife rather than an obstetrician for the birth of their baby, then they are legally given the access to do so through this provision. It also provides for practitioners to be reimbursed for that care.

So it provides for practitioners to be included in networks by insurance; they can’t just be randomly excluded. So there’s a lot of activity going on around section 2706 because it’s important to practitioners and also to patients. That’s one of the primary health policy issues that are important to integrative care in the United States.

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