Health Care Reform Implementation Of The State Of Ohio

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Health Care Reform Implementation Dragana Loncar Ohio University Health Care Reform Implementation The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of health care reform implementation in the state of Ohio. Throughout the paper, I will discuss if the health care reform has been effective as well as name some of the positive and negative outcomes. Furthermore, I will discuss how the health care reform is impacting community health. Discussion on the effect of health care reform on the economics in Ohio will conclude this paper. Health Care Reform Overview The United States (U.S.) has a health care system that is much different than any other health care system in the world (Nies & McEwen, 2015). It is frequently recognized as one with most recent technological inventions, but at the same time is often criticized for being overly expensive (Nies & McEwen, 2015). In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.) This plan was implemented in an attempt to make preventative care more affordable and accessible for all uninsured Americans (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.). Under the law, the new Patient’s Bill of Rights gives consumers the power to be in charge of their health care choices. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.). Health Care Reform in my State The purpose of ACA in America, as well as in Ohio, is to make health care easily accessible, more affordable, and to improve the quality of health care for the consumers (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2015). By being able to sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace, residents of Ohio are able to choose the coverage at a cost th... ... middle of paper ... ...nce (Kaspen, Gorman & Miller, 2013) By encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking cessation, healthy diet, weight management, blood pressure and cholesterol management people are healthier and at reduced risk for developing chronic conditions, ultimately decreasing the need for medical care and money spent on it (Kaspen, Gorman & Miller, 2013). In conclusion, the health reform begins with prevention. Focusing on improving the lifestyle and enhancing the quality of people’s lives their overall well-being will improve. With all the opportunities that are given by ACA to improve nation’s health through supporting fitness, discouraging smoking, encouraging healthy diet and weight management, by making health insurance affordable and implementing preventative services could result in enormous improvement in not just people’s health but in the economy as well.

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