Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage deadline

Angela Mattie

"The demand for coverage indicates that Obamacare meets a necessary need," said Angela Mattie, professor of management and chair of health care management and organizational leadership at Quinnipiac, who is available to comment on today's deadline for signing up for health insurance that will take effect Jan. 1, under the Affordable Care Act.

"It is not surprising that as the health care insurance deadline nears, there is unprecedented demand," Mattie said. "We as an industrialized nation finally have an insurance coverage option for those who were previously uninsured. Prior to this option, we had a significant number of individuals without health insurance coverage in this country. Without insurance coverage, we know people tend to delay treatment. We also know that lack of insurance coverage prompts inappropriate utilization. For example, the mother who takes her child to the emergency room for care of an ear infection since she does not have access to insurance and a pediatrician." 

To arrange an interview with Mattie, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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