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Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Care Act

Legal Studies 101

Commerce Clause and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and a number of provisions have already gone into effect and still others are scheduled to be implemented over the next four years (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sec. 2). Probably the most controversial provision is the requirement that Americans who chose not to purchase health insurance will be assessed an annual penalty for 'opting-out.' The so-called 'individual mandate' will be phased in over a period of three years, from 2014 to 2016, and individuals or families can 'purchase' the right to live without health insurance using a flat rate or percent income plan. The flat rate plan will increase over the three-year phase-in period and will eventually range from $695 to $2,085 per year. The percent income plan will increase from 1.0% in 2014 to 2.5% by 2016. Exemptions are provided for low-income individuals and families, Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, or anyone between jobs for less than three months.

The contention that the individual mandate wouldn't stir up considerable controversy, especially in a country that treasures individual freedoms, is simply dishonest…… [Read More]

Resources:
Fisher, Daniel. "Obamacare's Fate Rests with Poor Farmer Filburn." Forbes.com. Forbes Mag., 14 Sept. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. "Focus on Health Reform: Summary of New Health Feform Law." Kff.org. Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, 15 April 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.
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Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare)

The main objective of the federal government is to offer an affordable healthcare services and products to the citizens. Health is one of the development indicators in relation to the condition of the economy. In the process of enhancing the healthcare services within the United States, the government and the congress sought to adopt and implement an effective healthcare plan towards the achievement of the societal goals. This relates to the adoption and implementation of the ObamaCare in 2010. The main goal of the healthcare plan is to offer affordable health insurance for the citizens of the United States thus reduction in the growth of the healthcare spending by the society members. The affordable healthcare plan does not seek to replace the concept of private investment, Medicaid, or Medicare programs by the federal government and various states. The plan focuses on enhancing accessibility to the healthcare programs and services to all citizens regardless of their political, social, and economic status. Currently, the cost of healthcare services and products is costly or expensive. This is beyond the reach of most of the citizens thus the need to cater for the less fortunate members. ObamaCare represents a step…… [Read More]

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ACA What it Means for the Elderly

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affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare) on the elderly

Obamacare: Its impact upon the elderly

The impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (often called 'Obamacare') upon America is often discussed by politicians as if it had a uniform impact upon all citizens. However, the ACA's effects have been relatively disparate, depending upon the nature of the population. This paper will specifically focus upon the impact of the ACA on the elderly of a variety of socio-economic categories.

One of the criticisms of the American healthcare system before the passage of the ACA was the spiraling cost of entitlement programs such as Medicare, the federally-provided health insurance program for seniors. "One good result of all this [ACA] is that the burden of Medicare for taxpayers in future years has been drastically lowered. In fact, the day Barack Obama signed the ACA into law he cut the long-term unfunded liability of Medicare more than in half" (Goodman 2014). However, the ACA accomplishes its cost-cutting objective by imposing a cap on Medicare spending, including reimbursements to physicians that take such patients (and Medicare already reimbursed physicians at a far lower rate than private insurance). "One bad result is…… [Read More]

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ACA Has Had on Physicians This Is

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ACA has had on physicians. This is related to my field of study, and to the article that I worked with last week. This issue can be examined in terms of how it affects private practice, how the demand conditions have changed and how the workload has changed. There are a lot of different dimensions to this story. I have chosen this focus because it interests me.

The Affordable Care Act allowed millions of Americans to enjoy medical insurance coverage, when they previously had not been able to do so. One of the predictions before the ACA was brought into force was that bringing millions of people into the health care system would strain the system's existing resources. The theory is that the system was already near capacity, so adding that much new demand would strain that capacity.

There have been a number of articles providing anecdotal evidence that there are changes within the medical system. Some physicians have noted that they are working harder, but getting paid less as government tries to lower the costs in the health care system. The result is that many private physicians are turning to larger clinics and groups in order to limit their…… [Read More]

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ACA Accounting

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Accounting

The Affordable Care Act (a.ka. Obamacare) has created some interesting implications for financial reporting. The issues revolve around the determination of benefits, particularly when companies opt to put their employees through Obamacare insurance exchanges where they had previously been on a company plan. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, and reshaped the health care insurance industry in particular. With the creation of health care insurance exchanges, competition in health insurance was increased and some of the information asymmetry in the health care market decreased -- though not nearly enough for the market to be considered competitive.

One of the implications for accountants of the Affordable Care Act is that many employers have taken the opportunity to move their employees off of employer-sponsored plans and onto the exchanges as a means of reducing the cost of their benefits programs. As the ACA implementation process accelerates, the accounting implications are becoming more apparent. This paper will discuss some of those. In particular, there are several new ways that liabilities can arise under the ACA, usually with respect to retiree benefit plans. This new liabilities will need to be recorded, but there is also the possibility that the…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
CalCPA. (2014). ACA mythbuster. California CPA Education Foundation. Retrieved May 2, 2014 from http://www.calcpa.org/content/27238.aspx

FASB (2010). Contingencies (Topic 450). Financial Accounting Standards Board. Retrieved May 2, 2014 from http://www.fasb.org/cs/BlobServer?blobkey=id&blobnocache=true&blobwhere=1175823559187&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername2=Content-Length&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadervalue2=309726&blobheadervalue1=filename%3DProposed_ASU_Contingencies_Topic_450_Disclosure_of_Certain_Loss_Contingencies.pdf&blobcol=urldata&blobtable=MungoBlobs
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ACA Impact on States

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Health Care Reforms

Healthcare reform has been a national issue for some time and the ability to afford citizens the opportunity to adequate healthcare services is an interesting debate with many ideas and arguments both for and against the practice. To help understand the finer meanings of what health care reform laws can impact on a region it is necessary to examine the impact of such reforms on a selection of states.

The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the varying health care reform laws of three differing states. This essay will examine Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts transformations in healthcare laws to help contextualize the law and demonstrate its feasibility, or lack of feasibility within the real world

The impetus for the attention given to health care reform has no doubt started due to the efforts of the Federal Government's involvement in regulating medical treatment through policy and law. On March 23, by executive order, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This law introduced a series of steps and sequences that would eventually bring the law into full fruition.

The intentions behind this procedure were many and varying and there appears to be benefits…… [Read More]

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Bragdon, T. & Allumbaugh, J. (2011). Health Care Reform in Maine: Reversing "Obamacare Lite.." The Heritage Foundation, 19 July 2011. Retrieved from http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/07/health-care-reform-in-maine-reversing-obamacare-lite

Grubb, L. (2013). Lessons From Vermont's Health Care Reform. The New England Journal of Medicine, 4 April 2013. Retrieved from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1212974
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ACA Assisted Suicide

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Laws and Health Care

The health care industry has undergone massive overhaul in recent times and the impact of the laws and regulations that accompany this change have deep and resounding effects on the way professionals approach their industry. The purpose of this essay is to explain the role of governmental regulatory agencies and their effect on the health care industry.

This essay will first provide two examples of laws and regulations that have empirically demonstrated a noticeable and impactful transformation of the system. The next section of this essay is how these laws have personally affected me and my environment in Samaritan Hospital and how these regulations both serve and detract from our overall objectives of patient quality and healing those who seek our help.

Example 1: Affordable Care Act

Laws and regulations are present at many different levels within the health care industry. Private practices surely have their own rules and regulations as well as the largest of hospitals. The sources of these rules vary from place to place and many times local rules and regulations may supersede other federal laws and vice versa. It is very confusing at times and the plethora of written guidance that stems…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Anderson, A. (2014). The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Health Care Workforce. The Heritage Foundation, 18 Mar 2014. Retrieved from http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-the-health-care-workforce

Emanuel, E.J., Daniels, E.R., Fairclough, D.L., & Clarridge, B.R. (1996). Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: attitudes and experiences of oncology patients, oncologists, and the public. The Lancet, 347(9018), 1805-1810.
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Health Care ACA

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ACA

The Affordable Care Act works on the premise that all Americans should have access to health care insurance. Because this is provided through insurance companies, the system is only enforceable under certain conditions. One of the key tenets of health care reform is the idea that those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied insurance coverage. This group of people has long had problems getting insurance, and insurance companies spend tens of millions to invent pre-existing conditions that would then be used to deny coverage. Even insurance commissioners have been known to take offensive and absurd stances on pre-existing conditions, arguing that insurance companies should not have to take customers with such conditions because the person is to blame for their pre-existing condition (Ferguson, 2013). With attitudes like this from people connected to the insurance industry, the only way that the Obama Administration was going to achieve universal health care coverage is if forced the insurance companies to take patients with alleged pre-existing conditions.

The problem with forcing insurance companies to take on people with pre-existing conditions is that in many cases such individuals require subsequent treatment, and they are therefore much more expensive in terms of the cost of…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Ferguson, D. (2013). Georgia insurance commissioner: It's your fault if you have a pre-existing commission. Raw Story Retrieved December 6, 2013 from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/05/georgia-insurance-commissioner-its-your-fault-if-you-have-a-pre-existing-condition/

Klein, E. (2012). Unpopular mandate. The New Yorker. Retrieved December 6, 2013 from http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/06/25/120625fa_fact_klein
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How the ACA Will Affect Nursing

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Affordable Care Act & Nursing

There are a number of different provisions of the Affordable Care Act that were designed to improve the health care system -- well, all of the provisions were designed to do that. The most immediate improvements will be the provisions that low the cost of drugs (such as the Medicaid rebate for brand name drugs) and the generics approval change. The biggest change that affects the quality of care is probably the provision regarding readmissions. The core of this provision is the idea that high rates of readmissions indicates a relatively poor standard of care is being given; so penalties for high readmission rates will encourage hospitals to have a higher standard of care in the first place, doing more for underlying conditions instead of just treating symptoms. Another beneficial provision is that plans now need to cover several types of preventative screening.

There are a number of provisions that address the issue of disparity of access to health care. The provisions surrounding insurance are all included, for example the fact that insurance companies are not allowed to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and that there are a number of other coverage expansions. The…… [Read More]

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Understanding the Effects of ACA to Employees Working in Foreign Missions

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ACA International Implications

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to impose new requirements for both employers and individuals in terms of health insurance coverage. However, is the ACA affecting globally mobile workers (those on long-term assignment abroad or in the U.S.), is the ACA altering the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program? The details of the ACA provisions are complex and still evolving. The ACA is altering America's healthcare landscape, affecting insurers, individuals, and employers, including the state and federal governments (Kongstvedt, 2013). Among the notable changes include new marketplaces or public exchanges where persons can buy healthcare coverage and penalties on people who lack health insurance. It is believed that penalties on employers failing to provide coverage will take effect by the end of 2015.

In terms of Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Act sets in motion for greatest reform in the employer-offered health benefits in the post-World War period. While the time and speed are unpredictable, studies point to a dramatic restructuring of employer-sponsored health benefits accompanying the passage of the Act. It is argued that when employers understand the many new social and economic incentives embedded in the ACA and the choice of restructuring benefits beyond…… [Read More]

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Why the ACA Is Bad for U S Citizens

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Affordable Care Act

Affordable Health Care

Healthcare is very expensive in the U.S. today but it is also something that everyone needs. That is why affordable healthcare would be a great program for families in America: they could have the care they require at a cost that would not impoverish them at the same time. However, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), healthcare costs and premiums have actually gone up for many families (Durden, 2015). Through the ACA, the government is requiring healthcare insurance be mandated for every citizen in the U.S.; however, those citizens with a limited income or who cannot afford to pay for health insurance are penalized because the premiums offered by the insurance companies are too high. This paper will show how even though having mandatory healthcare for everyone is a great idea, seniors and low income families cannot afford the insurance premiums.

Affordable healthcare is needed for everyone as Nickitas (2011) has shown: "the American public wants a health care system that works for them -- safe, effective, patient centered, and high quality" (p. 57). Moreover, as Puffer et al. (2015) show, health care has long been something that the public has…… [Read More]

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Ethics ACA

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The ACA does not by any means fully resolve this, but it makes strides towards addressing this critical issue of morality. The individual mandate is similar -- where the profit of one individual leads to the suffering of another, the suffering takes precedence -- the money is not as important. Not doing harm to others is the more important imperative, so the sacrifice for the greater good in this case would be the moral course of action according to Kant.

Locke

Locke's moral philosophy comprises two parts. The first is natural law, in that there are divine laws, they are obligatory and humans can understand these. The second is more hedonistic, that pleasures and pains serve to "provide morality with its normative force" (Sheridan, 2011). That these two views seem to contrast is well-established and indeed they lead to different interpretations of the key tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The natural law would hold that one should ensure, if possible, that all people have access to health care. As far a divine law is specified, you are supposed to love thy neighbor, and in wealthy nations it is entirely possible to provide this without undue hardship -- and the…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
HHS.gov (2014). About the law. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved May 10, 2014 from http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/

Johnson, R. (2008). Kant's moral philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved May 10, 2014 from  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-moral/#GooWilMorWorDut 
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How the ACA Can Be Abolished

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Policy, Politics and Global Health Trends

The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was recently signed into law in America. This public policy impacts all citizens of the U.S.A. And has been controversial from its inception, not only because many people, who were promised by the President that if they liked their plan they could keep it, ended up having to get a new plan at a higher rate, but also because the very individuals who promoted the policy demonstrated a clear conflict of interest in doing so (Cesca, 2010).

The financial impact of the policy has been a serious one: rates have increased and people who cannot afford to buy health coverage are to be taxed if they do not buy it. Moreover the Act asserts that "healthcare is a right, not a privilege" (Rak, Coffin, 2014, p. 317). However, by "enforcing" everyone to exercise that "right," it stops being one and instead becomes a "tax" burden on American families, who may have reasons for not wishing to purchase health insurance. At the same time, it has been shown that the ACA does little to reinforce the practice of primary care physicians and instead only directs more…… [Read More]

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Strategies to Promote Emergency Care Using the ACA

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Affordable Care Act and EMS

The affordable care act is a medical insurance program that came into existence during the Obama regime. This came as a subsequent addition to the Medicaid and Medicare programs as fronted in the year 1965. The motive behind the creation of this scheme was to improve the affordability and accessibility of medical care to all the American citizens. Just like America, every society around the globe is made up of the less privileged and the rich. Therefore, the country's leadership opted to have this kind of insurance scheme so that everyone, regardless of the economic status can access cheap medical attention and in a convenient way. This forms the basis of the Affordable care act. This program offers many opportunities in the future for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organization. In this case, there are chances for the people to benefit from the same.

The legislation

The law gives life for the existence and operation of the Affordable Care Act. This has been specified in the manner in which the organization will operate. In all cases, the law specifies clearly how the patients will be taken care and making the health status of the country…… [Read More]

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Successes in the Affordable Care Act

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Healthcare as an Obligation of Each Citizen

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The commercialization of services and goods has been on the rise with the prevalence of globalization to an extent that even essential services that human cannot survive without like the health care have widely been commercialized. The provision of healthcare especially in the cases of delicate surgical procedures and extensive medication has been left the selected few who go for it from the high end private hospitals with personal doctors and consultants. This privilege however comes at a cost, one that the poor and average Americans cannot afford hence they miss out on them and are rendered to make do with the public health services provided by the government.

It is hence an obligation of each individual to uphold the contributions towards the provision of the free and comprehensive universal healthcare for all the citizens of America. We all have the moral obligation to ensure that those who are not in a position to access healthcare like the extremely poor, the homeless and even the old veterans are provided with good healthcare. The sole reason for this obligation is because if healthcare is commercialized where the highest bidder gets the best…… [Read More]

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Improving the Affordable Care Act

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Insuring the Uninsured

The author of this report has been charged with offering solutions for the millions of Americans that are uninsured or under-insured. Some people that are under-insured or uninsured are in that situation through little to no fault of their own. However, others are able to afford insurance but simply choose not to enroll in coverage. However, everyone should be insured because accidents and illnesses do happen to everyone at some point and the cost needs to be spread evenly among everyone. Certainly, the expense should be subsidized or fully covered for those that cannot afford coverage but the need to cover everyone still remains. While some of the opinions in this report are not going to be popular with some people, the author of this report sticks by them without question.

Analysis

One major provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was that people who can enroll in health coverage but do not do so are subject to a penalty in terms of taxes and fees. Per the Healthcare.gov website, the penalty is the higher amount between two percent of annual household income and a flat fee of $325 per person per year (or…… [Read More]

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Impact of ACA From Organizational and Patients

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/Impact of ACA from the Organizational and the Patients view

Impact of the Affordable Care act (ACA) on the population that it affected

Impact of the economics of providing care to patients from the organization's point-of-view

How will patients be affected in relationship to cost of treatment, quality of treatment, and access to treatment?

Ethical implications of this act for both the organization and the patients

Impact of the Affordable Care act (ACA) on the population that it affected

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), as initially passed, mandated Medicaid expansion, for covering a majority of low-income, as-yet-uninsured American citizens and immigrants (with legal residency in the U.S. for a minimum duration of 5 years). The United States Supreme Court, however, in the historic National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012), maintained that the obligatory Medicaid expansion proved to be unconstitutionally forced upon states. The decision rendered Medicaid expansion optional for states (NCIOM, 205a).

From autumn 2013, outreach and informative drives will be conducted with regards to individual insurance directive and new health insurance coverage plans. Households having low to moderate incomes, such as from 100% to 400% of the FPL…… [Read More]

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Maryland Health Policy Analysis for Affordable Care Act

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Health Policy Analysis for Maryland AC (Affordable Care) Act

McLaughlin, & McLaughlin (2014) rank 11 areas of health innovation based on their impact on costs and quality of healthcare delivery. The process improvement is the highest ranking item. However, the authors identify data analytics, disease management, "non-physician delivery alternatives," and "alternative to fee-for service" (McLaughlin, & McLaughlin, 2014 p 335) as other innovation items that can enhance quality and reduce costs. Additionally, the authors point out that innovation in electronic medical records, diagnosis, and pharmaceuticals can also assist with quality and cost.

Objective of this health policy paper is to evaluate the items that can play important role in the health policy process of Maryland's ACA (Affordable Care Act).

Healthcare items for Health Policy Process for in Maryland Affordable Care Act

The ACA (Affordable Care Act) is a federal government legislation focusing on healthcare coverage for small groups and individuals. The government of Maryland uses the Maryland connection to enroll qualified Maryland residents to ACA. The policy proposal chooses the process improvement as one of the top items for the health process for Maryland Affordable Care. In a healthcare environment, innovation has been traditionally reserved for the development of new…… [Read More]

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Affordable Healthcare Act in State

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The administration and operating costs should be reduced to 20% of the premium earned. The 80% of the expenses should be spent on providing healthcare services to the holders of health insurance. The law further states that in case the insurance organizations fail to follow they are required to rebate the insurance premium to consumers. The unreasonable premium increase will not allow the companies to mint profits. They will be required to rebate $4 million in State of Kansas alone. The amount is $91 per family in the state having an insurance cover (HHS, 2013). The legal implications for not spending on health have enabled the insurance services providers to facilitate their consumers.

New Care Act support preventing illness:

The individuals of Kansas State are now enabled through the Act to seek insurance cover even after having pre-conditions for their health. The coverage plan for individuals with pre-conditions has enabled 525 residents of the State. The new Act has also enabled the Kansas government to receive $6 million since 2010 from the Prevention and Public Healthcare Fund as created after the implementation of Affordable Care Act. The longer productivity and improvement in living condition throughout United Sates and individual member…… [Read More]

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HHS.U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, (2013). How the health care law is making a difference for the people of kansas. Retrieved from website: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/bystate/ks.html

Jacobs, L.R., & Skocpol, T. (2012). Health care reform and American politics: What everyone needs to know. USA: Oxford University Press.
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Affordable Health Care Act

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Affordable Health Care Act

Impact of the affordable health care act

The affordable health care act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, brought a set of health care reforms aimed at making health consumers to be responsible for their health care. The act brought into law the patient's bill of rights, which gives Americans stability and flexibility in making informed health choices and decisions. Enacted by President Obama in 2010 as the Affordable Care Act, it aims in ensuring the insurance reforms in the country are comprehensive. This is achieved through providing discounts for seniors, protecting consumers against health care fraud, providing free preventive care, ensuring small businesses get tax credits, providing cover for pre-existing conditions, providing consumer assistance, and health insurance in the marketplace

The affordable care act also has other benefits for special groups such as women and youth. Women benefit from enjoying insurance options that provide them with preventive services thus lowering their cost of health care. Young adults benefit from being covered by the insurance scheme until they reach the age of 26 years. Overall, Obamacare or the affordable care act is aimed at holding insurance providers accountable because they are required to justify any increase in…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
http://kff.org/health-reform/perspective/can-we-learn-from-aca-implementation-and-improve-the-law/Altman, Drew, "Can We Learn from Aca Implementation and Improve the Law?" (accessed June 8th 2013).

Anand, K. Parekh, Richard A. Goodman, Catherine Gordon and Howard K. Koh. "Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Strategic Framework for Improving Health Outcomes and Quality of Life." Public Health Reports (1974-) 126, no. 4 (2011): 460-471.
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Affordable Care

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Affordable Care Act signed law President Barack Obama March 2010. Many provisions law directly affect

Several different important elements exist as part of the Affordable Care Act, specifically as it pertains to community and public health. One of the most salient of these is the commitment that the act makes towards preventative care -- which directly impacts public health. A large part of the goal of this act is to improve the general wellness of the community by helping people to maintain their health. A healthy community, quite frankly, will have less need for more expensive medical care if it can maintain its health in the first place. In this respect, the fact that individuals can now get a free checkup from their doctors helps to reinforce this preemptive approach to enforcing wellness. Also, the act has made many diagnostic procedures related to a general examination free or available to the general public at reduced cost to help accommodate the prioritization of wellness.

Another aspect of this act hat helps to demonstrate its dedication towards community and public health is the fact that individuals with "pre-existing conditions" (U.S. Department of Health, 2014) can now get coverage. Previously, individuals with certain…… [Read More]

Resources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014). Key features of the Affordable Care Act. www.hhs.gov Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/index.html

American Nurses Association. (2014). Health care transformation: the Affordable Care Act and more. www.nursingworld.org Retrieved from  http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/HealthSystemReform/AffordableCareAct.pdf
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Affordable Care

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NC ACA

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina's Uninsured Population

Tens of millions of Americans are uninsured in regard to their health, many at least partly because of rising health care costs. Spending on healthcare has outpaced the growth in the rest of gross domestic product by 2.5 percentage points annually throughout the past four decades and has doubled every decade and, at that rate, health spending will absorb 40% of GDP by 2050 (Reinhardt, 2010). Currently healthcare related bankruptcies are the leading driver of personal bankruptcies in the country because many families have fallen victim to overwhelming health care related financial burdens. There is an estimated one million six hundred thousand individuals (about seventeen percent) in North Carolina that currently do not have health insurance. This analysis will look at how the Affordable Care Act will affect this population.

The Affordable Care Act

The healthcare industry in the United States has been subject to a vast number of changes in recent years that are primarily driven by the Affordable Care Act. This legislation has greatly expanded the number of citizens who are able to purchase affordable health insurance in the Healthcare Marketplace and in most…… [Read More]

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Affordable Healthcare Act Recommendations to

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Too many Americans are suffering unnecessarily at the hands of insurance companies that are simply out to make a profit. The healthcare system has been broken here in the United States for way too long. I think it was incredibly brave to stick up for the average Americans against big healthcare companies with millions of dollars to fight back. It is about time that someone in government recognize the problem for as bad as it is and actually take action to stop it, even if that meant loosing some support from your constituents. Americans need acceptable healthcare, and providing that necessary care is worth the small tax increases.

Still, in order to make sure that the legislation passes smoothly and is implemented properly, you must work on some sort of compromise to appease the Republican opposition. Without more support, some other politician may simply tear the Act apart the second you leave office. This is not a political fight, it is a struggle for a greater quality of life here in the United States. As such, it is important to make some compromises with the opposition so they feel better and more engaged with the legislation as it begins to…… [Read More]

Sources:
Klein, Ezra. (2012). Unpopular mandate. The New Yorker. Web. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/06/25/120625fa_fact_klein
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IRS Off Your Health Care Act of

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IRS Off your Health Care Act of 2013 - [H.R.2009]

KEEP THE IRS OFF YOUR HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2013-1

KEEP THE IRS OFF YOUR HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2013-2

It has been two months since they have introduced H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act. During this time, people have been watching seen a growing amount of support from people living all over the nation for this common proposal seen as just common sense by many. Thanks to that drive, it has been proclaimed that the House of Representatives will have a vote on the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act before deferring for the August Region Work Period. In this essay, it touches on how this simple, two-page bill barricades the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from imposing or applying President Obama's health care law. This essay makes the point of how in its directing, abuse and of American citizens, the IRS surrendered its right to neutrality. This agency should not be involved in the private, personal choices of Americans as it narrates to their health care.

KEEP THE IRS OFF YOUR HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2013-3

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References:
H.R. 2009, Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. (2012, May 4). Retrieved from Congressional Budget office: http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44466

House Vote 447 - H.R.2009: On Passage. (2012, May 2). Retrieved from The New York times:  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/house/1/447 
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Canada Health Care Act of 1984 Helping the Health of Citizens

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Canadian Healthcare Legislation

The people of Canada did not have elected officials who were creative enough or bold enough to put universal healthcare legislation on the books until 1984, although there were attempts to provide healthcare coverage for Canadians before that date. This paper reviews the way in which healthcare coverage was introduced in Canada and reviews two programs, Canada Health Act and Medical Care Insurance Act.

Development of Health Services in Canada

Before the end of World War II, the Saskatchewan government -- moved by the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation Party (CCF) -- began plans to introduce a publically financed health care system. The Saskatchewan government hired Johns Hopkins professor Henry Sigerist to help devise a plan, and he urged the government to go ahead and develop a "total health care organizations that would ensure that all citizens ... " could get good medical care (Crichton, 1997). There had been municipal doctor plans prior to WWII and these presented a kind of theme to follow, and in 1951 a referendum was voted on and lost because many doctors complained that it wasn't the best plan.

There was, however, another effort in Saskatchewan in 1962, called the Medical Care Insurance Act;…… [Read More]

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Caring for Ageing Baby Boomers

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To start with, finances have to be availed for the institution of long-term care that is responsive to challenges that the frail Baby Boomers contend with. A viable and affordable community-based delivery system must be built. To achieve lower disability rates, stakeholders should make an undertaking to invest in healthy aging. Finally, the concept of family and the value of seniors in American culture have to be recharged (Knickman & Snell, 2002). The review of this report has made me know the current sources of financing for the long-term care services of the elderly. I have realized that Medicare's coverage only focuses on home care related to medical problems like broken hips and is essentially restricted to people receiving rehabilitation. It doesn't cater for long-term care (Knickman & Snell, 2002). The report has made me appreciate the role federal Medicaid program plays in long-term care financing of the frail and the poor. I have also learnt through this report that out-of-pocket finances largely cater for the care of the elderly (Knickman & Snell, 2002). I have also learnt that Washington is not keen at reforming the financing system because many elders will be adamant to use their savings to cater…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
GPO. (2013). Public Law 111-148-Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Retrieved May 20, 2013 from www.gop.gov/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/content-detail.html.

Knickman, J.R. & Snell, E.K. (2002). The 2030 Problem: Caring for Aging Baby Boomers.
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Affordable Health Insurance the Need for State

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Affordable Health Insurance

The Need for State Participation in Health Care Insurance Exchanges to Provide for Affordable Health Care for Millions of Americans in Need

In the United States, we have basic rights to life and liberty. Yet, many major health care companies are infringing on those rights because they are exploiting health care insurance rates, which has left millions of Americans either underinsured or not insured all together. This puts their lives directly at risk with limited access to essential care. In order to best provide for their uninsured or underinsured citizens, states need to work with the regulations of the Affordable Care Act and open up exchanges to provide for affordable health insurance to the millions of Americans who are currently in need under the ineffective system that is operating today.

In the current situation, there is a lack of affordable health insurance options.

Moreover, health insurance companies have been allowed to abuse their power over their customers. Many deny coverage to those in need because of a pre-existing condition, or they force such individuals to pay extreme premiums (The White House, 2012).

Additionally, those who are eligible for coverage under the current system are often manipulated into…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Health Care for America Now. (2009). Health Insurance Company Abuses: How the Relentless Drive for Profit Endangers Americans. Web. Retrieved November 26, 2012 from  http://hcfan.3cdn.net/48b73f19dac6bc9fa7_vzm6iijoh.pdf 

Paddock, Catherine. (2007). 47 million Americans without health insurance, census report. Medical News Today. Web. Retrieved November 26, 2012 from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/80897.php
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Care Quality

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Quality Care

Although there are several considerations one must weigh prior to defining medical care quality, one of the most effective definitions of this term is that care which ultimately achieves the greatest benefit while taking the lowest risk in doing so. In many ways, this notion is at the heart of the Affordable Care Act, for the simple fact that one of the principle components of this act is to emphasize preventative care since insured people's "policy will cover more than 60 preventive tests and treatments as required" (Glasserman and Hensel, 2013). Virtually no one can argue with the fact that there is a low risk associated with providing preventative care and, if implemented correctly in a safe care delivery model, it can also achieve the greatest benefit to individual health care patients, the system itself, and to the country as a whole. Thus, the prudent researchers of medical care quality in the U.S. can understand that the focus of care towards preventative services has helped address the goal of providing quality service to health care patients.

The motives for this facet of the Affordable Care Act are interesting to deconstruct when analyzing how it has prioritized the health…… [Read More]

References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Affordable Care Act helping prevent disease. www.cdc.gov. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/AffordableCareAct/

Glasser, M. Hensel, B. (2013). Preventive care services and the Affordable Care Act. www.nbclosangeles.com. Retrieved from  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Preventive-Care-Services-and-the-Affordable-Care-Act-223984451.html
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Care Information Systems and Medical Records

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Evolution of Health Care Information Systems Physician's Office Operation

Filling in the hole of health care information technology will endorse safe, capable, patient-centered, and patient care that is fruitful in a timely way. In this essay, the theme is to look into two modern health

care organizations and then compare and contrast many characteristics that will involve the kind of evidence systems are using at the moment, investigate the transmission of information 20 years ago and how the substitute of data today. Furthermore, this essay will cover two major events and technology developments that have inclined present Health Care Informational Services practices.

Compare and Contrast Doctor's Workplace Operation

These day's doctor's office operation is familiarizing to the health care reform that was sanctioned in 2010 by the Obama organization. During sometime in October of 2013, the exchanges in health insurance was available on the market for customers on order to buy health insurance placed on different websites. As providers of health care tolerantly anticipate the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), countless suppliers are going toward concierge and urgent care services to serve the rising request of the patient population. Concierge care and urgent care organizations have combined Health…… [Read More]

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Analyzing Care Technology and Ethical Concerns

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Care Technology and Ethical Concerns

Complete APA Reference

Fed'n of State Med. (2014, April 26). State Medical Board's Appropriate Regulation of Telemedicine (SMART) Workgroup, Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine. Retrieved from www.fsmb.org/pdf/FSMB_Telemedicine_Policy.pdf

Briefly description of the project

Under telemedicine, one gets multiple practice spheres for healthcare lawyers, including reimbursement, payment, abuse and fraud, privileging and credentialing, privacy, peer view, licensing, as well as regulatory compliance. There is need for healthcare proponents have got to comprehend telemedicine as well as its complex framework in order to serve the growing area better. Advancement in technology, expanding healthcare accessibility within the framework of the "Affordable Care Act," emphasizing on affordable quality of care, as well as the propagation of movable medical tools have placed telemedicine at the frontline of healthcare delivery. Since it began over 5 decades ago, range of telemedicine has broadened and deepened and have incorporated both real-time, duplex and simplex communications, consultations, and explanation for patients in not only remote but also metropolitan areas. Such services have been offered with the use of different communication avenues and mobile tools. In view of these limitless opportunities providing telemedicine capabilities, every healthcare provider…… [Read More]

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Proposed Equity of Care Act

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Equity of Care Act

Ethnic and racial minorities are among the most vulnerable populations because of their likelihood to be poor and have lower academic levels. Their status makes them increasingly susceptible to ill health as compared to the rich, non-minority, and better education populations. As a result of their vulnerability, ethnic and racial minorities have experienced disparities in access to quality health care that contributes to better health and well-being. In addition to facing obstacles in accessing health care services, these minorities receive poor quality care when they access the services. The current mode of health care delivery does not ensure equitable access to and provision of quality care to ethnic and racial minorities (Shi & Stevens, 2005, p.148). Some of the prevalent challenges for ethnic and racial minorities in accessing quality care include lack of health insurance and financial resources, structural barriers, irregular sources of care, and lack of care providers.

Proposed Equity of Care Bill

As evident in the previous analysis, there are increased disparities in health care access and provision, which significantly affect ethnic and racial minorities by contributing to difficulties in accessing and obtaining quality care services. These disparities and challenges experienced by this vulnerable…… [Read More]

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US Healthcare

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U.S. Healthcare

The final legislation should have incorporated provisions to boost the IVD industry. On its entirety, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act must have benefited the IVD industry. This would have increased sales in a span of five years that it is otherwise seen in the absence of the law. Most significant IVD sales drivers will result from the legislation as an expansion of in the number of insured citizens and new coverage of prevention and wellness programs. If various key provisions are included in the PPACA, coupled with the population demographics, IVD product sales will be stimulated. This industry will die or live based on the number of the test procedures and hence increase in the number of persons with healthcare coverage will be appropriate for IVD. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a sophisticated legislature, virtually affecting all aspects of healthcare and the majority of its provisions have begun to take effect. The goal of the Act must be to increase access to healthcare coverage for legal residents and U.S. citizens by asking people to have coverage and employers to support or offer coverage (Parks, 2012). If PPACA is expanded to address issues in…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Law, J. (2009). Big pharma: How the world's biggest drug companies control illness. London: Constable.

Parks, D. (2012). Health care reform simplified: What professionals in medicine, government, insurance, and business need to know. United States: Apress.
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Health Care Policy or Delivery System Challenge

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Healthcare Delivery System Challenges

The American healthcare system has been criticized as favoring the middle and upper classes while ignoring the lower classes. Based on these speculations, the federal government has constantly tried to institute reforms in the healthcare sector though some of the proposals have failed to overhaul the industry. With rising insurance costs, the number of citizens barred from accessing quality healthcare has increased to more than 45 million uninsured Americans. On the same note, it is hypothesized that with time, the problems currently witnessed in the industry are likely to increase and finding solutions to them will be a tall order for the government (Stolberg & Pear, 2010). Despite the advent of new technology in the sector, which is likely to improve service delivery over the years, it is speculated that the cost of new tests and treatments will outweigh the savings. With the better technology, physicians will be able to unveil new treatment methods for their patients which will ultimately lengthen patients' lives while increasing the number of citizens served daily. On the contrary, rising living costs is likely to make managers refrain from employing new staff and as such, they are forced to reduce insurance…… [Read More]

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Stolberg, S.G. & Pear, R. (March 24, 2010). Obama signs health care overhaul bill, with a flourish. The New York Times: p. A19. Retrieved March 1, 2013.

Woolhandler, S. & Himmelstein, D.U. (1997). Costs of care and administration at for-profit and other hospitals in the United States. The New England Journal of Medicine 336 (11): 769-774.
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Healthcare Reform

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Uninsured Population

Insurance Premiums

Budget Deficits

Healthcare Trends

Public Opinion

"Obamacare"

The topic of this research is "PPACA- Patient Protection an Affordable Care Act." PPACA has created a great impact in the healthcare industry of United States of America. The study is based on the critical analysis of the act by reviewing the performance since its inception.

Arguably the most prominent recent healthcare reform has been PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). PPACA is also known as the Affordable care act and Obamacare. It was signed by the President Obama in the year 2010 in collaboration with the Healthcare Reconciliation Act. This act is considered to be one of the most major reforms passed in the healthcare system of United States; the last such major reform was passed in the year 1965 in the form of Medicaid.

When this provision Act was passed in 2010, there were 50 million uninsured people in the United States of America. In two years time around 20 million people have come under the health insurance coverage which is a huge number. It was estimated that the number of uninsured people will reduce from 30 million to 25 million in about a decade's time.…… [Read More]

References:
Barr, Donald A. Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America. JHU Press. 2011

Blendon RJ, Benson."Public opinion at the time of the vote on health care reform." N. Engl. J. Med. 362 (16): e55. 2010
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Health Care Reform Bill

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

Act (PPACA). This is more commonly referred among United States Citizens as Health Care Reform.

This revolutionary law offers three main guarantees: First, health insurance for all American's, not just those who can afford it; Second, cost reduction in the insurance premiums for individuals and businesses; Lastly, higher quality care. On the surface, the PPACA seems all around beneficial for all

American's, but there are some aspects that need to be further analyzed. There is no doubt, this law will give those who are uninsured or under-insured, better coverage and ensure better quality health care, but there is one factor that may have been overlooked; the PPACA comes at great financial cost for citizens, will take a decade to fully implement and will be not be sustainable for generations to come.

The PPACA has several provisions targeted specifically at aimed at cultivating our health care system in America. (RAND, 2009). Some of the primary provisions pertain to augmenting health care accessability and decreasing cost for citizens. The following are a few of the paramount provisions in the PPACA:

Prevent insurance…… [Read More]

Sources:
Blumberg, L. (2010, July 6). How Will the PPACA Impact Individual and Small Group

Premiums in the Short- and Long-Term? Retrieved May 5, 2012, from Urban Institute: Health Policy Center: http://www.urban.org/health_policy/url.cfm?ID=412128
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History of Health Care Mandate the Signing

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History Of Health Care Mandate

The signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by President Obama must be considered a landmark event in the history of the nation regardless of how one views the constitutionality of the legislation. Passage of the legislation marked the end of a long and acrimonious debate and brought the United States in line with the rest of the developed world in terms of providing universal health coverage to its citizens (Orszag, 2010). Unfortunately, the debate over the constitutionality of the ACA did not end with Obama's signing of the legislation as within days several different states filed suit against the law's requirement that most Americans purchase health; against the health care mandate.

The health care mandate was first offered as an option by the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, as an option to the single-payer system that had been historically supported by Democrats and liberals (Ponnuru, 2012). In a brief entitled as "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans," Heritage Foundation member, Stuart Butler, stated: "Many states now require passengers in automobiles to wear seat-belts for their own protection. Many others require anybody driving a car to have liability insurance. But neither the federal…… [Read More]

References:
Block, S. (2010, April 29). IRS Lacks Clout to Enforce Mandatory Health Insurance. USA Today, pp. www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/insurance/2010-04-29 healthirs28_CV_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip.

Jost, T.S. (2010). Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act: Eight Difficult Issues. Lexington, VA: Washington and Lee University School of Law.