The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

1281 Words Sep 21st, 2015 6 Pages
A current important issue in healthcare is the addition of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This program is for families and individuals with limited resources and low income. This program ensures that individuals who fall under these categories are able to have medical and financial benefits (Martin, 2015). The Affordable Care Act is a program that has expanded the eligibility for more citizens to receive benefits under Medicaid. Citizens that fall under the poverty line now qualify for coverage in all states that have a Medicaid program. In the United States, Medicaid and ACA is the largest source of funding of medical services for people with low income (Martin, 2015). This act was predominately passed to help reduce Medicaid fraud and to expand the eligibility for Medicaid.
Medicaid was created in 1965 by the Social Security Amendments and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Medicaid fraud has been a problem for years but with the expansion of Medicaid, more providers are needed, more people enroll, which creates more potential for fraud. Medicaid fraud and abuse can be caused by doctors, health care practitioners, suppliers of medical equipment, employees of physician, employees of companies that manage Medicaid billing, and people with Medicaid (Collica-Cox, 2015). There is an agency that was created just for identifying fraud and abuse, it is called The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS was…
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