Affordable Care Act Brief : Placing Emphasis On Prevention And Wellness

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Affordable Care Act Brief:
Placing Emphasis on Prevention and Wellness

U.S. Health Care System & Health Policy (PBHL-H 501)
Summer 2016

Executive Summary
Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) got enacted, many Americans did not receive the preventative care that they needed to stay healthy, prevent or delay the commencement of disease, and reduce health care cost. Generally because of the cost, Americans used preventative health care services at about half the recommended rate.
In order to improve healthcare nationally and cut cost spending, preventative care and wellness should be at the fore front of every healthcare organization. Recommendations to emphasize preventative and wellness services include building a workplace that support healthy lifestyles, expand the roles of advanced providers, and expand preventative services at no cost.
This brief will be reviewed and addressed by the United States Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez J.D. and the United States Secretary of Human and Health Services, Sylvia Mary Mathews Burwell, J.D.

Statement of the problem
What roles can the United States Department of Labor (USDL) and the United States Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) play in emphasizing the importance of preventative health services and establishment of workplace wellness programs to allow for a healthier nation as proposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)?
Background
According to an article published by the Center…

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