By: Amy Lynn DikeProfessional Practices in Healthcare June 2012
Commonly referred to as “Obamacare” Signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama. First law signed into action that will provide ALL Americans with healthcare coverage.
Children can stay on their Adults who have been parents healthcare plan until uninsured for 6 months that they reach 26 years old. were denied health coverage Small businesses with fewer because of a pre-existing than 25 employees can now condition now become get help paying the cost of eligible for healthcare. the healthcare plan Insurance companies can no Insurance companies longer place a dollar amount CANNOT deny children on the coverage you receive with pre-existing conditions through-out your lifetime. for health insurance Those with Medicare can now receive screenings such as colonoscopies and mammograms free of charge.
Affordable + Quality Healthcare for all Americans Extension of Medicaid to more people Preservation of Medicare for senior citizens Promotion of prevention, wellness, and good public health Safer nursing homes and piece of mind for families Money saved by business owners, lower income families, and our government http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/
Allows Allows people to keep individuals, families, and insurance coverage they small business owners to already have if they take control of their choose to do so. healthcare Reduces out of pocket Reduces premium costs expenses and requires for millions of working preventative care to be families and small fully covered businesses by slashing People without coverage hundreds of billions of will be able to choose the dollars in taxes. insurance policy that works best for them through a new, competitive insurance market.
Under the Affordable Care Act Medicaid will be extended. More people will become eligible. Children’s insurance coverage preserved. Better care for Americans with disabilities. Expanded home care service to those with long-term healthcare needs.
Save thousands of dollars on the cost of prescription medications. Incentives for doctors, nurses, and hospitals for improved care and reduction in errors that harm patients. Ends overpayments to insurance companies that cost American taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
The Affordable Care Act will provide funding to the commitment of disease prevention and promote wellness and public health, providing a reduction in the number of disabilities and preventable illnesses in the United States. Co-payments for prevention and screening of elderly people on Medicare are waived.
Provides nursing home staff with enhanced and continuous training, thus improving quality of care for patients. Promotes nursing home safety; requiring background checks for employees, self correction of staff when errors are made, and initiating programs that prevent elder abuse. Imposes disclosure requirements, identifying providers who defraud American taxpayers. Prevents providers from operating in new states after being penalized in another.
Although this Healthcare reform act has been praised by many, there are people who believe that this law violates Constitutional Rights. The Affordable Care Act does state that all people of America must select a healthcare plan, by 2014, if they do not already have one by their employer. Those that do not agree with the Act believe that President Obama is abusing his power, and that he should have no right in deciding that people must have healthcare, and that people will suffer a tax because of the Act.
On June 28th, 2012 the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Stating that “the individual health insurance mandate is Constitutional.”
Vermont is one of the first states to implement the single payer healthcare provision under the Affordable Care Act. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the “framework” for single payer health insurance on May 26th. Although it will take sometime, it is expected that the insurance could be available by 2017 as soon as the model has been created.
Everyone is different. We all form our own opinions and decide what is best for ourselves. I not only believe in President Barack Obama, but I also believe that the Affordable Care Act is a brilliant idea and will one day prove to be a great success for America.
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