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Health Reform: An Overview

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Date Developed: 9/2010. Source: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Presenter(s): Jennifer Tolbert. Type: Video. Level: Introductory. Length: 17 minutes.


This tutorial provides succinct, but very clear introductory information on the basic outline of the Affordable Care Act, focusing predominantly on three key areas – health insurance coverage, delivery system improvements (e.g., health exchanges), and cost containment efforts. Expanding coverage premium coverage, employer requirements and the individual mandate are explained. The ACA provisions protecting particularly vulnerable populations (youth to 26 years, and those with pre-existing conditions) are explained, as well as provisions promoting primary and preventive care, and improving health care quality. A 2010-2019 Timeline for implementation is presented. Presentation slides are available for download.

Special Instructions website was closed in September 2013. Tutorials are no longer updated but due to demand by professors who are still using the tutorials in class assignments, the Kaiser Family Foundation has made them available for download on archive site.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.