Application: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina’s Uninsured Population
Although there is often political pressure to create programs that increase access to services, these programs often are unfunded mandates. The expansion of insurance coverage is directly linked to health care costs, and controlling these costs presents a tremendous challenge. This week’s readings present information on cost evaluation; potential trade-offs related to cost, quality, and access; and financial and economic principles that apply to cost evaluation in delivering health care services.
An example of the difficulty of addressing these competing interests can be seen in a case study concerning "The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina’s Uninsured Population". This Assignment focuses on ethical, financial, and quality of care aspects surrounding the issue.
• Read the case study about "The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina’s Uninsured Population" on pages 202–203 in Health policy and politics: A nurse`s guide (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.).
• Reflect on what you have learned from the readings and media segments about health care financing as you read the case study.
To complete this Assignment, write a 5-pages paper that addresses the following:
• Explain the impact of the Affordable Care act on the population that it affected.
• Explain the impact of the economics of providing care to patients from the organization’s point of view.
• How will patients be affected in relationship to cost of treatment, quality of treatment, and access to treatment?
• What are the ethical implications of this act for both the organization and the patients?
When approaching this topic, you can look at the ACA in totality or in your area but you should also use the case study information from North Carolina to inform and support your views. The organizations that are discussed in the questions can be government agencies, hospital, clinics, physician offices, etc. I would select your practice environment as the organizational view. (MY AREA IS HOSPITAL)
When you write this paper, please make sure you are referencing your assigned reading up to now, the section that was assigned for this paper, and external sources. You should have at least four course required references and at least three external references (references must be 5 years old or less) for this paper (SEE BELOW
Impact of the Affordable Care Act Student Name Walden University Class Number, Section Number, Class Name9 Date of SubmissionImpact of the Affordable Care Act Introduction The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates all the population in the United States to have the health insurance coverage. In spite of the increasing North Carolina’ political pressure requiring the development of health programs to enhance access to health care services, many of the health programs are simply unfunded mandates. The first section of this paper will examine the impact of ACA on the North Carolina’s population. In this regard, the paper will take a critical look on the impact of ACA on the childless, nonelderly, the low-income, and the middle income populations. The section will also examine the impact of ACA on healthcare costs. The second section will evaluate the impact of the economics of patients to patients from the organization’s point of view. The third section will provide an explanation on how ACA will affect patients in terms of access to treatment, quality of treatment, and cost of treatment. The fourth section will examine the ethical implications of ACA for the patients and the organization. Finally, the paper will provide a recap of the major findings in the study. Affordable Care Act Both scholars and practitioners contend that Affordable Care Act has had positive impacts on the North Carolina’s uninsured population, and by extension the entire popu...