The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a federal statute that was signed into law in March 2010, along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Action of 2010, also signed into law in March, 2010, make up the Health Care Reform Law of 2010. These laws focus on “reform of the private health insurance market, provide better coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, improve prescription drug coverage in Medicare and extend the life of the Medicare Trust fund by at least 12 years.” With the promise to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system, the question remains: … a year later … How much do we really know about Health Care Reform?
Want to test your Health Reform Knowledge?
The Kaiser Family Foundation has introduced an interactive quiz that allows us to test our knowledge about health reform law against the general public. In a series of ten questions quiz takers can test their knowledge and compare results with the public’s responses in a recent tracking poll. Kaiser has found that “… less than one percent of the public could answer all ten questions correctly…” … hmmmm. That notwithstanding, I posed this to one of my graduate classes and they got all of the questions correct!!
The Kaiser Family Foundation also provides their enhanced implementation timeline – “Health Reform Implementation Timeline”. This interactive tool is designed to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years, tracks where items are in the process, and provides related links to relevant regulations and materials.
Aren’t we all looking for Health Care Reform to make health care more affordable, hold insurers more accountable, and expand coverage and quality of care to all Americans? There are many tools available to us – let’s get a better understanding of what our Health Care Reform really means.
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