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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OF 2013
Affordable Care Act
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.
Accessed from http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html August 21, 2013.
Learn about available grants to assist with implementation of various aspects of ACA.
Search grants.gov for information about funding opportunities related to ACA including Health Information Technology (HIT) and other areas.
Regulations and guidance posted by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare on ACA-related topics such as HIPAA Administrative Simplification and other issues for providers.
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare is responsible for implementing the ACA and provides extensive information and links to specific ACA information and fact sheets.
BOOKS IN THE HMCPL CATALOG
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by
Call Number: 362.1097 REI
Publication Date: 2009
From the book jacket: 'When the World Health Organization rated the national health care systems of 191 countries in terms of "fairness," the United States ranked fifty-fourth. That put us slightly behind Chad and Rwanda but just behind Bangladesh and the Maldives. How is it that all the other industrialized democracies provide health care for everyone at a reasonable cost, something the United States has never managed to do? In 'The Healing of America,' New York Times bestselling author T.R. Reid shows how they do it, bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way.'
Following are books on understanding Obamacare, health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, available at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library:
Landmark: The Inside Story of America's Health Care Law and What it Means for Us All by
Call Number: 320 LAN
Publication Date: 2010
From the book jacket: 'What now? Despite the rancorous and divisive year-long debate in Washington, many Americans still don't understand what the historic overhaul of the health-care system will--or won't--mean. In 'Landmark', the national reporting staff of The Washington Post pierces through the confusion, examining the new law's likely impact on us all: our families, doctors, hospitals, insurers, and other parts of a $2.5 trillion health-care system that has grown to occupy one-sixth of the U.S. economy.'
The New Health Care System: Everything You Need to Know by
Call Number: 344.7302 NAT
Publication Date: 2010
From the book jacket: 'This book clears the air by providing what everyone needs to know: comprehensive, accessible information on how you can navigate the new health care system.'
Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works by
Call Number: 362.1042 GRU
Publication Date: 2011
From the book jacket:
'You won't have to worry about going broke if you get sick.
We will start to bring the costs of health care under control.
And we will do all this while reducing the federal deficit.
That is the promise of the Affordable Care Act. But from the moment President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, a steady and mounting avalanche of misinformation about the ACA has left a growing majority of Americans confused...from how to tame the twin threats of rising costs and the increasing number of uninsured to why an insurance mandate is good for your health, health care reform dispels false fears by arming you with facts.'
How We Do Harm by
Call Number: 362.1097 BRA
Publication Date: 2012
Dr. Brawley exposes the underbelly of healthcare today--the under-treatment of the poor, the over-treatment of the rich, the financial conflicts of interests physicians face, insurance that doesn't demand the best (or even cheapest) care, and a pharmaceutical behemoth concerned with selling drugs, not providing health.
Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--And How We Can Fix It by
Call Number: 362.1042 GOL
Publication Date: 2013
"A visionary and completely original investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding insurance coverage will only make things worse, and how it can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system. In 2007, David Goldhill's father died from a series of infections acquired in a well-regarded New York hospital. The bill was for several hundred thousand dollars--and Medicare paid it. These circumstances left Goldhill angry and determined to understand how it was possible that world-class technology and well-trained personnel could result in such simple, inexcusable carelessness--and how a business that failed so miserably could be rewarded with full payment. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result. Goldhill explicates a health-care system that now costs nearly $2.5 trillion annually, bars many from treatment, provides inconsistent quality of care, offers negligible customer service, and in which an estimated 200,000 Americans die each year from errors. Above all, he exposes the fundamental fallacy of our entire system--that Medicare and insurance coverage make care cheaper and improve our health--and suggests a comprehensive new approach that could produce better results at more acceptable costs immediately by giving us, the patients, a real role in the process. "-- Provided by publisher.
Obamacare Survival Guide by
Call Number: 362.1097 TAT
Publication Date: 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-- also known as ObamaCare-- is becoming a reality with major provisions set to start soon. This guide cover the law in easy-to-read language, so that you get the tools you need to navigate ObamaCare.
Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by
Call Number: 362.1042 EMA
Publication Date: 2014
From Amazon.com: 'In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America’s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and highly political, and the law faced legal challenges reaching all the way to the Supreme Court; it even precipitated a government shutdown. It was a signature piece of legislation for President Obama’s first term, and also a ball and chain for his second.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform, has written a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own—quite distinct—American story, and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than one hundred years.
Emanuel also explains exactly how the ACA reforms are reshaping the health care system now. He forecasts the future, identifying six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care to 2020 and beyond. His predictions are bold, provocative, and uniquely well-informed. Health care—one of America’s largest employment sectors, with an economy the size of the GDP of France—has never had a more comprehensive or authoritative interpreter.'
Healthcare Made Easy: Answers to All of Your Healthcare Questions under the Affordable Care Act by
Call Number: 368.382 KAT
Publication Date: 2015
From Amazon.com: 'Written by ABC World News' Real Money expert and healthcare advocate Michelle Katz, Healthcare Made Easy is the ultimate resource for understanding and navigating the Affordable Care Act. Using simple and easy-to-follow language, she answers important questions about the ACA, such as:
Are there any exemptions to buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act?
What is the new "80/20 Rule"? And what exactly is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program?
What does the ACA mean for small businesses? What benefits must you offer and what are the tax breaks?
What is covered for your children under the new CHIP laws?
How can you get pharmaceutical companies to lower your prescription costs?
With the expert advice in Healthcare Made Easy, you will learn how to get the most out of your healthcare plan without having to sacrifice your needs or empty your pockets.