The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United

States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.Laws have been created and put in

place to improve different parts of the act like affordability, accessibility, and quality of health

care. Since the Affordable Care Act became law, the rate of uninsured people has declined by

43% primarily because of laws reforms. The law has also begun transforming health care

payment systems, with an estimated 30% of traditional Medicare payments going through

alternative and accountable care organizations.

The policy makers need to start building on progress made by the Affordable Care Act by

continuing to implement the Health Insurance Marketplaces and delivery system reform,

increasing federal financial assistance for the enrollees, introducing a public plan option in areas

lacking individual market competition and also taking actions to reduce prescription drug costs.

Although partisanship and special interest opposition remain, experience with the Affordable

Care Act shows that a little positive change can be achieved on a lot of the nation’s biggest


Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

G.Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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