The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

760 WordsNov 6, 20154 Pages
History was made as the President of the United States signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) delivers access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans. The breakthrough legislation, passed in March of 2010, represents the most significant government expansion and regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 (Dix, 2013). The PPACA promises to reduce health disparities, improve access to preventative services, improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare spending. As stated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the PPACA will provide coverage to more than 94 percent of Americans while staying under the $900 billion limit that President Barack Obama established. In turn, it will bend the health care cost curve, and reduce the deficit over the next ten years and beyond. This essential transformation has nine components which highlight the tactics for achieving true health care reform. Among the nine components are maneuvers for improving overall access and strengthening the health care workforce. Primary care physicians (PCP) play an important role in getting and keeping Americans healthy but with workforce shortages already forecasted prior to the PPACA being approved, the nation is headed towards a collapse of the primary care physician foundation. More than ever, the access Americans need to acquire
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