The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act

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Impact of the Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the 2010 health reform act that could extend insurance coverage to as many as 32 million Americans, which also included policies that affect the quality of coverage insurers must offer (Knickman & Kovner, 2015). In addition to this, the ACA created a range of programs focused on furthering change in how medical care is organized and delivered, with a goal of reducing costs and improving quality and outcomes (Knickman & Kovner, 2015). However, these goals come at a cost. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impact the ACA had on the population it affected in the United States as a nation, but specifically in the state of North Carolina;…show more content…
In a recent Kaiser Health Tracking poll according to Silberman (2013), a majority of the people, which includes uninsured individuals, reported that they do not have enough information as to how the ACA will affect them and were also unaware that new health insurance marketplaces will make it easier to obtain coverage (p. 298). The Affordable Care Act presents the possibility to improve population health, health care access, and health care quality, while slowing down the rate of increase in costs in health care (Silberman et al., 2011). However, accomplishing this will not be an easy task, especially in the state of North Carolina.
One of the most important reasons for passing the ACA was to make health insurance more accessible and affordable. In North Carolina, approximately 1.7 million nonelderly people were uninsured in 2009, but the ACA requires expansion of coverage to uninsured individuals by extending Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults, which in turn, strengthens the employer-based health insurance system, and making it easier and more affordable for the majority of people to buy private coverage (Silberman et al., 2011). According to Silberman et al. (2011), the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance
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