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1 Health Care Laws, Policies, and Regulations Timeline Jessica Smith HCS / 545 September 11, 2017 Dr. Judith Kaplan
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2 Health Care Laws, Policies, and Regulations Timeline From the outside, one might think health care is the act of providers and nursing employees delivering care to a patient. However, health care is greatly affected by laws, policies, and regulations. This paper will discuss the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and The Joint Commission. The paper will discuss what has influenced each of these laws and regulations. Lastly, the paper will describe the impact the laws and regulation of health care today. Affordable Care Act March 23, 2010 : The Affordable Care Act is by President Barak Obama into law. The act is scheduled to be phased into effect with the final phase in effect January 2020. According to Healthcare.gov (2017) “The Affordable Care Act has three primary goals: Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level . Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.) Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally” (Affordable Care Act). September 2010: Elements of the Affordable Care Act go into effect: No lifetime dollar limits on health care coverage Dependents are allowed to stay on parents’ insurance until the age of 26. No pre-existing exclusions for persons under the age of 19. Insurers are not allowed to charge co-payments for preventative care or vaccinations.
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3 September 2011 : Health insurers are required to publically report rate increases ten percent or greater (Affordable Healthcare California, 2017). November 14, 2011: Twenty-six states and the National Federation of Independent Business argue elements of the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional; The United States Supreme Court agrees to hear the arguments (Affordable Healthcare California, 2017). June 28, 2012 : The United States Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act (Affordable Healthcare California, 2017).
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