Healthcare Reform and Its Impact on the Delivery System

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EVANS DELA KWASHIE
MANAGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEM
PROFESSOR LINDA C. L LOMBARDI, PH.D.
16/12/2013

Health Care Reform and Its Impact on the Delivery of Services

If you are in the healthcare industry, you have probably heard some rumblings about the

Health Care Reform of 2010, coolly referred to as Affordable Care Act, or Obama care. The

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted by the United States Congress

and signed by President Barack Obama. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) became public law in

March 23, 2010. The health care reform was enacted with the goals of “increasing the quality

and affordability of health insurance, lowering the uninsured
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A report by

economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) noted that “the health

care remake will achieve the aim of expanding health insurance - adding 34 million

Americans to the coverage rolls” (HHS, 2013). This shows that on the potential positive side of

the health care reform, there would be a continuous increase in access to healthcare. This

increases “profits for the insurance companies, which should translate to lower premiums,

since the new insures pay into the system but require fewer health services” (Kimberly, 2013).

Geyam (2012) observed that “the healthcare reform will extend insurance coverage by 32

million people by 2019 (including 16 million on Medicaid); will provide subsidies starting in

2014 to help many lower-income people afford coverage; will eliminate cost-sharing for many

preventive services; will provide new funding to increase the capacity of community health

centers; will put in place some limited reforms of the insurance industry, such as
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