The Affordable Care Act And Its Impact On Our Current Public Health

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Current trends, issues and reforms are constantly changing due to current events and government level revisions. In just the last few decades, tremendous changes have taken place which will forever impact the way the United States interacts with the public health realm. Over the last decade specifically, President Barack Obama signed into legislature the Affordable Care Act which allows all United States citizens the right and ability to obtain health insurance regardless of status or preexisting conditions (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). This paper will provide an understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on our current public health status along with an overview of the changes in the last few decades that placed the United States in its current status. Starting as far back as the early 1900’s the primary threats to public health were infectious diseases, poor hygiene and sanitation issues, malnutrition and poor maternal and infant health (CDC, 2001). By the 1950’s several vaccinations had been discovered and administered to vulnerable populations with desirable outcomes, by 1955 national efforts with the appropriation of federal funds were used to promote vaccine among all children (CDC, 2001). With availability from federal funding, the implementation of vaccinations in children has drastically declined morbidity reported in vaccine-preventable diseases since 1990 (CDC, 2001). According to the Center for Disease Control, vaccines…

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