The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Essay

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Running Head: UNDERSERVED Underserved Communities: PPACA Tashia Lee Health/Public Policy (HLTH225-1604A-01) Abstract The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was designed to expand insurance coverage for all of those that are uninsured. Also the Act was put into place to reduce the cost of health care. The morbidity and mortality rates in the United States have decreased since the Act was in place in 2010. The Act is also helping the goals of Healthy People 2020 that was implemented, but there is still more improvements that need to be established within this policy. This paper will define morbidity and mortality and what health behavior is and how the impact of the policy affects the Healthy People 2020. Introduction Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was put into place March 23, 2010 by President Obama and it includes a long list of health-related provisions. The intent of this act is to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. Also to implement measures that will lower health care costs, and to eliminate the denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. This paper will discuss how the policy impacts morbidity and mortality in the US, health behavior and blood-borne pathogens, and achieving goals of Healthy People 2020. How PPACA Impacts Underserved Populations There are many communities that have populations that may be considered “underserved”. Mostly their needs are unintentionally overlooked. The
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