Background Of Affordable Care Act

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Description of the Issue
Background of Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obama care, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (an amendment to the ACA signed March 30, 2010) it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Anywhere from thirty-eight to forty eight million Americans do not have health insurance for a number of reasons. Yet the cost of these uninsured citizens is passed to healthcare providers and ultimately consumers. More than one hundred billion dollars in health care costs annually is imposed on the present system by the uninsured. Most of this cost is manifested in higher health care costs and in some cases even the closure of hospitals. Thus the ACA is intended to prevent the uninsured from catastrophic medical expenses which not only devastate individual credit ratings, but also lead to bankruptcy and home foreclosures (E J Martin, 2015). The ACA offers more secure and affordable insurance for those who already have coverage, as well as those who have not been able to afford it (Stewart & Denisco, 2015)
Current Status and Policy
The ACA does not interfere with each state lawfully addressing the delineation of the scope of practice for APNs for itself.…
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