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Editor's Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine.
On October 29, CHRT sponsored a symposium to look at issues surrounding the safety net and the future of health care after the Affordable Care Act takes effect. While there are some who believe that getting to (or close to) universal coverage would mean the end of the safety net, our panelists came to the opposite conclusion. That is, we all believe that in the reform environment, the safety net will be at least as important as it is today – perhaps more so. But demands on safety net providers will change when health reform is fully implemented and the structure and organization of the safety net needs to be ready for those changes.