I’m working on a health & medical writing question and need an explanation to help me study.
2classmate discussions with 2 references each
one: Introduction: The healthcare reform that had a great impact on the American people was the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation included numerous provisions directed towards affordable health coverage and quality care (Warner et al., 2020).
Discussion: The benefit of the ACA is that it slowed the rise of health care costs. It do so by prevention. By providing health insurance to millions of Americans, they were able to find a primary care provider and address their health issues before they got so severe that they had to go the hospital. The ACA also requires insurances to cover costs of mental health, addiction, and chronic illnesses (Amadeo, 2020).
States were given incentives for implementing the ACA. They were given the priveldge of constructing the Medicaid program to their own liking and using their own discression (Weissert & Weissert, 2019).
Conclusion: Medicare and Medicaid were a great beginning in health care, but then the Affordable Care Act came, and it had such a large impact. ACA provided affordable health insurance to millions and restricted insurance companies from declining coverage for patients with preexisting condition. Its goal was to reduce government spending on healthcare, and it did so by prevention.
Amadeo, K. (2020, December 25). 2010 Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Summary. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://www.thebalance.com/2010-patient-protection…
Warner, J., Benjamin, I., Churchwell, K., Firestone, G., Gardner, T., Johnson, J., . . . Harrington, R. (2020, February 03). Advancing healthcare Reform: The American Heart Association’s 2020 Statement of Principles for Adequate, Accessible, and Affordable Health Care: A Presidential advisory from the American Heart Association. Retrieved May 12, 2021, from https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.000000…
Weissert, W. G. & Weissert, C. S. (2019). Governing health: The politics of health policy (5th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN- 9781421428949.
Two: Introduction. “The Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions that reform the health insurance market. These reforms work to put American consumers back in charge of their health coverage and care, ensuring they receive value for their premium dollars” (Health Insurance Market Reforms). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was one of the most significant health care reforms placed into law. The Affordable Care Act was put into place to ensure that millions of Americans would have access to affordable health care and other health care initiatives. These initiatives will impact the cost of, access to, and quality of health services and health insurance.
Discussion. Most health care reforms are put into place due to the high cost of insurance. This was one of the main reasons that the Affordable Care Act was put into place. The Affordable Care Act made health insurance affordable to many Americans and saved the government money. It expanded access to health insurance by relaxing the qualifications needed to obtain insurance. The Affordable Care Act also motivated more Americans to get health insurance by implementing a fee for those who do not have health insurance.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act increased access to health insurance and increased the quality of health services. The ACA implemented care models that allow patients to have access to their health care providers or nurses when needed, and since the ACA has been signed into place, there have been fewer preventable deaths. “Here’s how this landmark law is improving health care for you: you are healthier after a hospital stay, you get more time with your doctor when you need it, you’re paying less, and your taxpayer dollars are going toward better investments” (Somanader, 2015).
Conclusion. All in all, health care reforms are put into place to increase the quality of care and insurance, reduce the costs of visits and insurance, and allow those who do not have access to healthcare access to the same health care as those who are in a higher class. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was placed into law to do just that. “Reform can be frightening. When the stars align properly, the solutions can be ready to go, and we get the substantial, if not quite comprehensive, reforms such as those of 2010” (Weissert & Weissert, 2019).
Health Insurance Market Reforms. CMS. (n.d.). https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Market-Reforms.
Somanader, T. (2015, March 25). 4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Is Improving the Quality of Health Care in America. National Archives and Records Administration. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2015/03/25/4-ways-affordable-care-act-improving-quality-health-care-america.
Weissert, W. G., & Weissert, C. S. (2019). Governing health the politics of health policy (5th ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press.