The resources below come from some of the best policy organizations and have been recommended by media outlets (like The Washington Post) as being particularly helpful in helping to parse how the new law affects health care for you, your hospital, and your patients. Have a suggestion for adding to this list, email Tim Foley, CIR’s Political Director.
How Health Reform Really Works — Center for American Progress
Ellen-Marie Whelan, NP, PhD, the Senior Health Policy Analyst and Associate Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress explains how the recently passed health care reform bill will give Americans better care and reduce the deficit. [VIDEO]
Health Reform Hits Main Street — Kaiser Family Foundation
Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [VIDEO]
Timelines for Health Care Reform Implementation — The Commonwealth Fund
- Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Health Insurance Provisions
- Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: System and Delivery Reform Provisions
- Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Revenue Provisions
An Internist’s Practical Guide to Understanding Health System Reform
A thorough analysis of “what happens when” with a particular eye on how delivery system and payment reform will affect patients and physicians.
The New Health Care Law and You — AARP
A great summary of provisions relating to Medicare, the Medicare Part D “donut hole”, Medicare Advantage plans and other aspects of the law that applies to senior citizens and Medicare patients. Go to AARP’s site.
Health Reform — Kaiser Family Foundation
A full summary of all provisions, a premium subsidy calculator, and in-depth discussions of implementation. Go to KFF’s site.
The Sustainable Growth Rate Formula and Health Reform — Center on Budget and Policies and Priorities
A history of the Medicare SGR and its relation (or non-relation) to the health care reform law passed this year. Go to CBPP’s site.
A site run by the Dept. of HHS with an explanation of the new law, frequently updated as new benefits become available. The site also allows patients to look up currently available insurance options in their state as well as other coverage options for which they may be eligible. Go to Healthcare.gov.
An expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. In an attempt to analyze the changes for patients and their families now and in the future, they have released a new straightforward, easy-to-understand FREE guide on the Affordable Care Act. Download report.