The American Public Health Association (APHA) has developed and compiled wonderful resources and articles discussing the election results, the Affordable Care Act, and the changes to public health that are currently happening. Among these are:
For many uninsured Americans, Medicaid expansion is critical (The Nation’s Health, Nov./Dec. 2012).This pre-election article outlines the importance of the upcoming Medicaid expansion and some of the key issues states face.
A look at how public health fared in the elections(Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012).This piece outlines the numerous health-related ballot measures considered by voters across the states. Several are specific to health reform: in Alabama, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming, voters approved measures prohibiting either state-based exchanges or the “individual mandate.”A similar proposal failed in Florida.
Basics of state-based insurance exchange explained (Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012).This post-election Q&A provides an overview of exchanges and an update on state and federal progress toward implementing them.
New rules implementing ACA emphasize access, prevention (Public Health Newswire, Nov. 2012). Just before Thanksgiving, HHS and other agencies issued several new proposed regulations that offer guidance on essential health benefits, insurance reform and workplace wellness plans. This post offers quick overviews of each rule, plus links to additional resources.
APHA’s ACA Implementation webpage features links to implementation timelines, federal rulemaking trackers and state-by-state fact sheets.
APHA’s ACA Basics webpage features links to summaries of the law, FAQs, “myths and facts” pages and fact sheets on benefits for different populations.