Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform

After much public and political debate, in March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The PPACA is one of many health care reform efforts that have sought to correct key features of the U.S. health care system such as financing, service delivery, and care coordination. This week, you will examine the passage of PPACA as a milestone along the historical continuum of health care reform in the United States.

To prepare:

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  • Review      this week’s Learning Resources and media presentation, reflecting on the      evolution of health care in the United States and the public’s response to      health care reform efforts historically and currently.
  • Consider:      What principal features of the U.S. health care system helped or hindered      the enactment of federal health reform in March 2010? What challenges were      encountered?
  • How      do these conditions and/or challenges reflect characteristics of the      policy process and the political environment?

By tomorrow Wednesday 02/28/18 4pm, write a minimum of 550 words in APA format with a minimum of THREE scholarly references from the list of required readings below. Include the level one headers as numbered below:

Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:

1) Analyze at least one important feature of the U.S. health care system that is of particular interest to you. Explain why you think this feature is significant in terms of health policy and reform.

2) Describe one or more conditions or challenges specifically related to the passing of the PPACA. Explain how this exemplifies the nature of the policy-making process and

3)  Evaluate how it could relate to the question of why health reform in the United States has been so difficult.

Required Readings

Bodenheimer, T., & Grumbach, K. (2016). Understanding health policy: A clinical approach (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Medical.

Chapter 1, “Introduction: The Paradox of Excess and Deprivation” 

This chapter introduces the concept of “excess and deprivation”—people receiving either too little or too much health care, which contributes to the weakness of the health care system.

Chapter 2, “Paying for Health Care” 

This chapter discusses the evolution of health care financing, including out-of–pocket payments, individual private insurance, employment-based insurance, and government-financed insurance.

Chapter 3, “Access to Health Care” 

This chapter focuses on financial and nonfinancial barriers to health care and concludes with influences to one’s health status unrelated to health care.

Chapter 4, “Paying Health Care Providers” 

This chapter provides information on how physicians and hospitals are paid. (n.d.). Understanding the Affordable Care Act. Retrieved from 

Posted by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this article provides an introduction to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). (n.d.). Understanding the Affordable Care Act: About the law. Retrieved from 

Also posted by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this article focuses on specific provisions of the law and outlines how it will increase access to affordable health coverage.

In Week 1 of this course, you are required to subscribe to one of the health information services listed below. In preparation, review these different sites:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). AHRQ PSNet Patient Safety Network. Retrieved from (n.d.). Registration is free: The news is invaluable. Retrieved from

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2011). Publications and research. Retrieved from

The Commonwealth Fund. (2010). The Commonwealth Fund. Retrieved from

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2011). New & noteworthy. Retrieved from

Required Media

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Healthcare policy and advocacy: The policy process. Baltimore: Author. 

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 11 minutes.

In this media presentation, Dr. Kominski and Dr. Zelman discuss the policy process and provide an overview of the influence of policy on health care practices. Dr. Zelman also discusses the challenges of passing new policy and relates this to health care reform efforts.Bottom of Form

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