The Affordable Care Act ( Aca ) Essay

867 Words Sep 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Healthcare Reform Implementation
The Affordable care act (ACA) was enacted March 23, 2010 by President Obama. The purpose of this act is to financially, technologically, and clinically have hospitals and doctors strive for better outcomes, and to increase health insurance quality and affordability for all citizens. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implementation of ACA in Pennsylvania, the positive as well as the negative outcomes, the affect it has had on community health, as well as the economic effects it has produced.
Healthcare Reform Overview
When the ACA was signed into law 44 million Americans were uninsured. The ACA requires that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a penalty on their income tax. Americans who cannot afford the insurance will most likely quality for Medicare, Medicaid or some other assistance through the Markerplace. The ACA has new provisions to protect consumers that includes: insurance companies no longer being able to deny individuals for preexisting conditions or being able to drop their coverage for being sick, free preventive treatments, and the elimination of discrimination, and annual and lifetime limits on essential health benefits (Obamacare Facts, 2016). Furthermore, the ACA provides better preventive care, health services for females, improved senior care, and coverage that reaches to the poorest population.
Healthcare Reform in My State
Most of Pennsylvania is rural, 87 percent of the population live in…

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