Special Topics in Public Health W5 Part 2

Part 2: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 is a pivotal piece of legislation aimed to improve the current healthcare system in the United States. The legislation intends to ensure that all American citizens have access to good quality and affordable healthcare. One of the main focuses of the act is preventing chronic disease and improving public health.

From the assigned readings this week, review the following Web resource:

  • The White House. (n.d.).??Health reform in action.??Retrieved fromhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/healthcare-overview

Considering that the PPACA bill recommends the elimination of copayments (or copays) and deductibles for preventative healthcare for women, respond to the following:

  • Provide a brief overview of PPACA.
  • What are the implications of the PPACA for public health?
  • In your opinion, do you think that the elimination of copays and deductibles will increase the number of women who have annual mammograms? Justify your answer.
  • Even if these screening services are available, what would be the barriers to accessing these services?

Support your statements with appropriate examples and scholarly references.

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