The Affordable Care Act. – Replay

The Affordable Care Act. – Replay

The purpose of this discussion will be to elaborate on the components of the Affordable Care Act that have a positive effect on improving health care outcomes and decreasing costs.

Argue with examples the essay below based on your experience and personal point of view. Rationale must be provided. May use examples from your nursing practice.

The affordable care act was enacted in the United States in 2010 to make affordable health insurance available to more people and support innovative care delivery methods that will reduce the cost of healthcare services in the United States. The affordable care Act has increased healthcare coverage, resulting in better access to healthcare and providing financial security and opportunities for economic mobility. The purpose of this discussion will be to elaborate on the components of the Affordable Care Act that have a positive effect on improving health care outcomes and decreasing costs.
The first component is that the affordable care act has made young adults and children have greater access to coverage. Young adults are able to stay on the health insurance of their parents until they are the age of 26 years. This has therefore resulted in better healthcare outcomes since there is better access to affordable care among young adults. This fact has also reduced the number of people who are between the age of 18-24 by 50%, meaning there is much better access to healthcare services in the United States which has resulted in a reduction in mortality and morbidity among young adults and children (Gaffney & McCormick, 2019).
The inception of the affordable care act has as resulted in improved access to prescription drugs. This is because the use of insurance covers has made it possible for the American people to have access to brand-name and generic drugs and lowered the costs. Making more drugs affordable makes healthcare workers provide patients with the best medicine that can manage the prevailing healthcare condition. In addition, drug affordability has made it possible to adopt new therapies that were previously expensive to patients without insurance (Xu et al., 2020). As a result, there is better healthcare provision at a lower cost hence excellent patient outcomes.
Adopting the affordable care act and incorporating Medicare healthcare insurance has lowered costs for seniors on Medicare. For example, the introduction of Medicare has resulted in no-cost preventive services such as cancer screenings and wellness visits. This is, therefore, important in improving the general health of seniors in the community at a lower cost or even completely free. There is also the provision of healthcare services that are essential to the well-being of women (Daw & Sommers, 2019). Therefore, this has resulted in better healthcare outcomes at a reduced cost.

References.

  • Daw, J. R., & Sommers, B. D. (2019). The Affordable Care Act and access to care for reproductive-aged and pregnant women in the United States, 2010–2016. American journal of public health, 109(4), 565-571.
  • Gaffney, A., & McCormick, D. (2019). The Affordable Care Act: implications for healthcare equity. The Lancet, 389(10077), 1442-1452.
  • Xu, M. R., Kelly, A. M., Kushi, L. H., Reed, M. E., Koh, H. K., & Spiegelman, D. (2020). Impact of the affordable care act on colorectal cancer outcomes: a systematic review. American journal of preventive medicine, 58(4), 596-603

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