Assignment 4: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Over the next few weeks, you will explore many of the critical components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Each week, a different provision will be introduced. Your assignments will include researching the provision and explaining the changes that will occur with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Week 1:The Uninsured Population in the United States
Hernandez, Fornos, Mika, Urbanksy, and Villarreal (2009) reported that
Lack of health insurance has detrimental effects on the health and well-being of people and creates financial pressure on health care institutions. Uninsured adults are more likely to postpone health care and are less able to afford prescription drugs or follow through with recommended treatments than the insured. The consequences to reduced access to care can be severe, particularly when preventable conditions go untreated.
Hernandez, G. B., Fornos, L. B., Mika, V. S., Urbanksy, K., & Villarreal, R. (2009). One regional health system’s innovative steps to deal with the uninsured. Journal of Health Care Finance, 36(1), 70–84.
One regional health system’s innovative steps to deal with the uninsured
In Week 1, you will explore the uninsured population in the United States.
- Identify the population (i.e., number, demographics, etc.) of uninsured people in the United States.
- Discuss some of the reasons and possible financial consequences of not having health insurance.
- Discuss the socioeconomic consequences of having a large uninsured population in the United States.
- Describe the changes that will occur to assist the uninsured population with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Name your document as: LastnameFirstInitial_W1_A4.doc.
For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_W1_A4.doc.