A health topic that has been of concern in healthy people 2020 is access to health services. Before the development of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a high number of Americans were uninsured, which impacted health outcomes. Thus, the policy was designed to make health care and insurance affordable and improve health outcomes. The policy mainly focuses on adults. However, as part of health care regulatory reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is currently facing the danger of being repeal and replace from the Republicans.
Discussion of the following will be addressed: issues surrounding the policy, the description of the intended population, legislators involved in its development, the role of the APRN in assisting the policy, discussion of its influences in clinical practice, and its use by the inter-professional team.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was advocated for and implemented to enhance health care access among the 16 percent uninsured populations in the United States.
Adults were the main target since they represented a high number of uninsured individuals compared to children and youths. The intent in the adoption of the policy was to reduce care costs and improve health outcomes. Since its implementation, considerable strides have been achieved in the access to quality care and cost savings.
Moreover, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was advocated for as a measure to overhaul the health-care system (Glied & Jackson, 2017). A group of Congress men and women were essential in its development after numerous consultations with stakeholders in the healthcare system.
Also, Democrat senators were the key to advocating for its development and adoption as a policy to enhance access to health care among uninsured Americans. The legislators oversaw all the process from the initial stages of the policy development and supported it by voting for its adoption. The Patient Protection and Affordable Act (ACA) was approved and made into law to promote positive health outcomes among individuals who were initially uninsured.
The APRN play an important role in assisting with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to Chait and Glied (2018), they promote public health through the use of outcomes-based incentives. In other words, the APRN instigate the achievement of the policy’s intended goals by instigating effectiveness in the adherence to its goals, which in the end reduce health risks among the covered patients. Also, since APRNs are guided by practice standards, they find the policy to be critical as a measure to improve positive health outcomes among the population that was previously uncovered. Therefore, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains to be one of the major health care policies that are supported by APRNs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had major influences in clinical practice. According to Feldman, Buysse, Hubner, Huffman, and Loe (2015), it has initiated the reduction of care cost, which has increased the number of individuals who can access care. Also, the policy has impacted clinical practice through the promotion of clients who seek preventive services. Thus, it has helped in meeting practice standards in enhancing care delivery.
Furthermore, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be used by the inter-professional team to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care for covered patients. For instance, those in billing can ensure that their records tally with services provided to avoid instances of funds loss. Also, APRNs can observe the policy’s parameters in the provision of care to the insured patients. In the end, their synchronized services about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will promote the provision of care and coordination.
In short, the advocacy and adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have enabled adults who were previously uninsured to access affordable care. Its success can be attributed to the commitment between healthcare practitioners and politicians. Since its implementation, the policy has had major influences in clinical practice. It has promoted care practices and positive health outcomes.