Health Care Reform, Resolutions and You

How Does Health Care Reform Impact You?

Image via Neurology Now Sept/Oct Vol. 6 Iss. 5, article "How Does Health Care Reform Impact You?"

With the start of the new year and those pesky well intentioned resolutions that hardly see the light of day past February, taking better care of our health is usually at the top of the resolution list. Everything from resolving to lose weight to eating better to being more regular with doctors visits, resolving to take better care of our well being should also include knowing how last years enacted Health Care Reform Act effects you and your loved ones.

Signed into law March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) — a.k.a. the Health Care Reform Act — decisively changed the health care system in the United States. According to an article written in Neurology Now, it is estimated that an additional 32 million Americans will have health insurance by 2019. The law will also allow some people with chronic diseases who were previously excluded from being covered due to pre-existing condition, employment situation, or cost to find new health insurance exchanges and tax deductions to gain them coverage.

You can read the bill text as well as view a helpful Wiki and follow the Money Trail (i.e. the interests the supported the bill) here at www.opencongress.org.

For a quick and informative breakdown of the major impact the health care reform act will have, this article in the Sept/Oct issue of Neurology Now does a nice job of hitting the major points. Of course, the best way to understand the new law is to read the action in original form and to ask questions of your local representatives, but the article “How does Health Care Reform Impact You?” puts into an easy to read format the gist of what the bill does and may direct you to specific areas within the act that are of personal interest.

So while your still gunghoe about keeping your New Year’s resolutions, find some time to read this article and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Related:
Wesolowski, Kierstin. “THIS WAY IN: How Does Health Care Reform Impact You?” Neurology Now 6.5 (2010): 9-11. Print.

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