The state of healthcare in the State of the Union Address

The State of the Union Address is set for tomorrow night, Jan. 12, 2016 and one of the big questions is whether any new announcements will be made regarding Obamacare, electronic health records or Meaningful Use.

Tara Courtland

Communications Director Tara Courtland

The State of the Union Address is traditionally where presidents highlight their top priorities for the coming year. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama listed EHRs as major goals in their State of the Union Addresses every year from 2004 to 2009, and again in 2011. After that, Obamacare took over as the major healthcare topic.

It’s a given that Obama will mention the successes of the Affordable Care Act, but political and healthcare junkies will be watching to see if any new initiatives or changes are mentioned in the address. They’ll also be keeping an ear out for any references that indicate changes might be coming for the Meaningful Use policies, particularly after the president signed a law last week easing the hardship exemption.

With the words “failure” appearing in the press more and more often in regards to Meaningful Use, it seems likely that at least a brief mention will come up tomorrow night.

Stay tuned.

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About Tara Courtland

Tara Courtland is the communications director at NEMT.
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