Signature Assignment 1 Signature Assignment: Affordable Care Act HCS/545 January 2017
Signature Assignment 2 Signature Assignment: Affordable Care Act Health laws, regulations and policies have an overwhelming influence on healthcare. Health laws, regulations, and policies are federal and state governed and aims to improve public health through establishing and developing innovative programs, resources, and tools in healthcare. One federal health policy in particular which has had a significant impact on healthcare organizational policies is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is a healthcare reform aims to increase access to care for all while making healthcare more affordable for all. This signature paper will analyze the relationship between law and policy in healthcare, differentiate legislative versus institutional policies in healthcare, and analyze the influence of politics on healthcare regulations, laws, and policies. The paper will also analyze the role and impact of government and non-government regulatory agencies on healthcare policy. Finally, the paper will evaluate the impact of legislative policy on resource allocation in the healthcare industry and analyze the roles of organizational stakeholders and interest groups involved in healthcare laws and regulations. Relationship between Affordable Care Act in Healthcare The topic of much debate, the ACA became law in March 2010, and is said to promote healthcare as a right not immunity granted (Rak & Coffin, 2013). One main goal of the ACA is to offer affordable healthcare coverage for all Americans, and in return reduce the nation’s healthcare spending. Yet, the law provides firm rules and regulations for health insurers which places stress on healthcare providers (Rak & Coffin, 2013). The ACA has impacted millions of Americans by offering affordable care to all regardless of age, preexisting health condition, or any type of discrimination. The law also yields mandatory requirements for an employer to
Signature Assignment 3 provide insurance; all resulting in increased and improved access to care nationally. Another pivotal expedient of the ACA involves increasing preventive medicine and doing away with copayments and deductibles associate with preventive care (Rak & Coffin, 2013). Legislative and Institutional Policies The federal government is made up of three branches to guarantee no individual or group has too much power. These branches of government include: the legislative branch which makes laws and includes Congress, the executive branch which carries out laws and includes the President, Vice President and Cabinet, and the judicial branch which evaluates laws and includes the Supreme Court and other courts. The ACA is a public health policy, and all public health policies come from local, state, or federal government (Abood, 2007). Originating at the executive level of the federal government, the ACA outlines the fundamental requirements for state government, local government, and the health industry as a whole to comply with. The
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