Madison -

Experts at a healthcare forum, held at the University of Wisconsin Thursday, said there is still uncertainty about how well the President's Affordable Care Act will work in Wisconsin.

UW sponsored the forum showcasing speakers from around the country and evaluate movement toward implementing the new law.

James Reschovsky -- a senior fellow at the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington -- said the law seeks to improve quality of care but may lower costs. He added the law allows states to be more aggressive about seeking their own health initiatives and may spur insurance companies to consolidate, which he said could be good or bad.

Joel Teitelbaum, a legal expert and investigator with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at George Washington University said as the new act is being implemented, officials should find new ways to wrap legal care into the new systems.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in September 2012 and will be in full effect by 2015.