Health Policy and Perspectives 1 Health Policy and Perspectives Tammy Wingate HCS/455 11/06/2017 John Cutspec
2 Health Law, Regulation, and Policy Regulation, Policy and Health Law, has become the means of health protection and prevention for the American people. The government highly regulates these laws improving the health of the public by developing programs, resources, and tools, aiding in health care access. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the health care reforms being implemented in efforts to make health services affordable in the nation. This law is intended to put patrons in control of their health, allowing for more affordable care options at the federal, state, and local level. This paper will discuss the impact of ACA on health care organizational policies. President Obama endorsed the Affordable Care Act into rule on March 23, 2010, to improve the quality of treatment and lower health care costs, provide access to health services, and patient protection. This ruling is formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The ACA requires all individuals in America to have health insurance and admittance to health care services regardless of social, economic class. The reform has a great impact on the health care industry by improving health care access and delivery outcomes. Millions of people, who could not afford health insurance prior, are now covered beneath the Affordable Care Act. The ACA also extends coverage to the nation’s poorest, women’s health, and improves better care for seniors. This effort ensures treatment when necessary, and consumer protection from insurance and other health care companies out to make a profit. In agreeance, Golden (2015) states that ACA has different purposes focusing on patient protection, improving access to care, lowering cost, and increasing the quality of care. Impact on Organizational Policies The ACA includes many provisions to assist in reducing health care costs throughout the health care system. These measures include offering tax credits to small organizations as tax
3 relief from high health care costs. Besides, the Affordable Care Act enables organizations to maintain their current plans as an option, as long as there are no significant changes in coverage. These plans are grandfathered plans giving organizations a choice to make necessary and favorable health coverage suited for the company. The ACA limits discrimination and encourages organizations to take measures in promoting equality in the delivery of health care. Martin (2015) also pointed out that the ACA forbids guarantors from refusing insurance to entities nonetheless of pre-existing disorders and requires insurance companies to suggest the identical payment to all candidates based on their age and environmental setting (para. 3). Employers cannot discriminate against employees, and health care providers cannot discriminate against lower class patients. This improvement additionally sets up a modest health insurance market by
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