Healthcare Law : The Affordable Healthcare Act

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Currently, the most notable healthcare law is the Affordable Healthcare Act which was signed into law in March, 2010. More commonly known as Obamacare, this law presents many options for the American consumer without a company option for healthcare. Additionally, it provides extra guidance on Medicare D, and coverage for dependents (Stanton, 2013). This law has both; created unique advantages for low income patients while at the same time, creating a unique challenge for healthcare IT. However, financially speaking, it has created a burden on private practices and larger hospital corporations alike (Stanton, 2013). In June of 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the healthcare law and in October of the same year, that law went into effect. The law allows people who have previously been denied coverage from insurance carriers because of pre-existing health conditions, or haven’t been able to afford the immense costs of insurance premiums, can now purchase lower cost group policies. These policies, with the addition of other protections in the bill, became effective in January 1, 2014 (Stanton, 2013). Those individuals who have Medicare Part B, and individuals covered by employer-sponsored health insurance are now qualified for preventative and wellness assistance. These benefits include; annual physicals, immunizations, and additional screenings for fatal diseases including diabetes and many types of cancers. These additional benefits will require organizations, hospitals and private practices alike, to have a current and up to date IT software system in order to handle the increase in patient volume (Mickan, Atherton , Roberts, Heneghan, & Tilson, 2014). Patients with different types of insurance can simply ask th... ... middle of paper ... ...en on families seeking care for their loved ones. With minimal subsidies from thg government this change should help change the lives of many addicts and their families (Blumenthal & Collins, 2014). In conclusion, arguments can easily be made both ways in how these changes benefit, or hurt organizations. In one hand, it offers many needed changes for young Americans, the lower class and the elderly. Providing these groups with coverage is something that has been in demand for decades. In the other hand, it is the middle class citizens that will have to foot the bill for these coverages (Blumenthal & Collins, 2014). With the massive influx of patient volume that is coming, our economy is most definitely going to suffer. Only through immediate and effective leadership decisions are we going to provide these benefits and keep our middle class alive (Stanton, 2013).

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