Project #122072 - PPACA and Your Take-Away

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One key element that will be positive for the country is that kids with preexisting health conditions will not be turned down from health insurance. Sometimes it could be hard getting healthcare coverage when you have health conditions such as asthma and heart disease. It is beneficial for a child because in the end, it saves money for the parents. Another positive element is free services. Some healthcare services are free for private and Medicare patients. Free health screenings and vaccinations are good because it helps to motivate people to stay healthy and to get regular check-ups. Preventative care is beneficial as well. The last positive element is that medication will be at a lower cost for Medicare patients, making it easier to afford it if the insurance does not fully cover it. It is important that we keep our elderly individuals as healthy as we can and not neglect them. 

One negative element on our country is the cost of healthcare. Healthcare policies are still too expensive and coverage does not necessarily cover all services. We often end up coming out of pocket for services, even after the premiums and co-pays. The next negative element is how people with preexisting conditions have a hard time finding coverage. They often either get turned down or may end up having to pay more for coverage. I believe they should be the first to get coverage before the average healthy individual. The last negative element is how taxes have went up on Medicare. Insurers with high benefit plans, tanning salons, and companies that manufacture medical devices and drugs have seen the difference in the taxes. 

In week 1, I defined the U.S. Healthcare system as a system that is designed to provide medical services for individuals. This week I feel that the U.S. Healthcare system is a system that is designed to provide medical services for some and not all individuals. It seems to me as if the healthcare system today focuses more on getting money than providing healthcare services for all. It is still hard for some individuals to get health insurance because they are not making enough money to afford it. 5 to 10 years from now, hopefully there will be insurance available for all unemployed individuals. 

 

References

Batnitzky, A., Hayes, D., & Vinall, P. E. (2014). The U.S. Healthcare system is a system that is designed to provide medical services for individuals. In THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: AN INTRODUCTION (p. 5.1). Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

 

 

 

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Part I:

The PPACA is considered the most comprehensive federal law on health care since the inception of Medicare and Medicaid.

 Examine three key elements of the act that you believe will be the most positive for the country? The U.S. healthcare system have series of extensions and revisions to multiple laws that comprise the federal legal framework for public healthcare policy. The Affordable Care Act establishes legal protections that have been absent: a near-universal guarantee of access to affordable healthcare insurance coverage, from birth through retirement. When fully implemented, the Act will cut the number of uninsured Americans by more than half. The law will result in health insurance coverage for about 94% of the American population, reducing the uninsured by 31 million people, and increasing Medicaid enrollment by 15 million beneficiaries.

Examine three key elements of the act that you believe will be the most negative for the country? The risk in healthcare insurance coverage programs for individuals who are generally unable to purchase insurance in the individual market due to a preexisting health condition. These individuals are commonly referred to as hard–to–insure or medically uninsurable. There is currently no national high risk, but 35 states currently operate their own high risk in healthcare.  The federal grant funds are limited and have been available to risk certain federal guidelines, these states has historically not qualified for these funds due to the state’s unique benefit design. The state currently serves approximately 7,000 individuals through its high risk pool program, a small proportion of medically uninsurable individuals in the state.

 Part II:

Examine the future of health care in the United States.

Look back to your own definition of the healthcare system posted in Week One. How would you define it now after studying healthcare throughout this course? Post both definitions and examine the differences? Today’s healthcare have improve the quality of care, has grown rapidly during the 21st century, leading to an increasingly competitive health care industry. As competition intensifies, patient satisfaction, service quality, and efficient resource management are providing the evidentiary basis for measuring patient, clinician, and organizational outcomes

Examine where you see the U.S. healthcare system in the next 5 or 10 years? In the next decade, the United States healthcare system will continue to evolve and may even undergo significant change in structure. Healthcare system changes will have implications for all patient care mission. As the technology improves, the information deriving from patient care will also improve. With the Internet and its successors the electronic medical record will not only be able to store patient information but also to provide information on “best practice” instantaneously, whether it is derived statistically from the practice of the physicians in that based on health plan data or nationally generated practice guidelines.

 Department of Health and Human Services (US). HealthCare.gov. (Sep 12, 2010)

 http://www.healthcare.gov.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Health reform GPS. (Sep 12, 2010)

http://www.healthreformgps.org.

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