Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act

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Healthcare has been a topic of discussion with the majority of the country. Issues with insurance coverage, rising costs, limited options to gain coverage, and the quality of healthcare have become concerns for law makers, healthcare providers and the general public. Some of those concerns were alleviated with the passing of the Affordable Care Act, but new concerns have developed with problems that have occurred in the implementation of the new law. The main concerns of the country are if the Affordable Care Act will be able to overcome the issues that plagued the old healthcare system, the cost of the program, and how will the new law affect the quality of the health delivery system. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act in order to bring reform to the current healthcare system. The law was designed to provide healthcare coverage for people that did not have access to healthcare, improve the quality of the types of healthcare provided, and contain costs (HHS, 2014). Some of the features of the law are: • Protection against losing or acquiring healthcare coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition. • End of limitations on coverage during a patient’s life time. • Allows children to be on their parent’s healthcare coverage to the age of twenty-six. • Preventative care is complimentary to the patient. • Limits the amount of administrative costs to be passed to the insured. • Requires healthcare insurance companies to justify rate increases (HHS, 2014). By addressing some of the negative factors of the current healthcare system, the Affordable Care Act attempts to reform the broken healthcare system. Access The Affordable Care Act promises the public access to health coverage. Many of the people who d... ... middle of paper ... ...nities in Criminal Justice, Homelessness, and Behavioral Health With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. American Journal Of Public Health, 103(S2), e25-e29. doi:10.2105/ AJPH.2013.301497 Fontenot, S. (2013). Understanding the Affordable Care Act Bit by Bit: Will Transparency and Sunshine Shrink Costs?. Physician Executive, 39(5), 86-91. Francis, T. (2013). The Affordable Care Act: An Annotated Timeline. Physician Executive, 39(6), 64-67. Ghosh, C. (2013). Affordable Care Act: Strategies to Tame the Future. Physician Executive, 39(6), 68-70. Shay, P. D., & Mick, S. S. (2013). Post-Acute Care and Vertical Integration After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Journal Of Healthcare Management, 58(1), 15-27. United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (2014). About the law. Retrieved from

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  • Explains that the affordable care act attempts to reform the broken healthcare system by addressing the negative factors of the current system.
  • Explains that even though the affordable care act has some advantages, there are some disadvantages to the program.
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