What states can do even without the mandate
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April 4th, 2012
02:43 PM ET

What states can do even without the mandate

Editor’s Note: Joan Henneberry is a principal at Health Management Associates,  an independent national research and consulting firm specializing in complex health care program and policy issue. Previously, she served as the Planning Director for Colorado’s Health Insurance Exchange in 2011.

By Joan Henneberry - Special to CNN 

For many waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the wait may be worse than the outcome. Uncertainty has paralyzed some state officials and engendered a sense of desperation in others.

But delaying key policy and program decisions puts states at risk of not meeting the ACA’s 2014 implementation deadlines and, worse, of missing out on options available to them right now.

The ACA offers avenues for improving health care even in the absence of the individual mandate by bringing efficiencies into the healthcare system, bending the cost curve, and improving overall customer experience.

Here are some things states can do to reform health care even if the mandate is struck down: FULL POST

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