Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- American Public Health Association (APHA) ACA Resources
American Public Health Association website has a number of useful resources on the Affordable Care Act, including the basics & background of the ACA, explanations of provisions, a chart showing the implementation stages and much more. Click here to access these great ACA resources.
- Health Insurance Disparities and the Affordable Care Act: Where Could Inequality Decline?
US Department of Commerce/US Census Bureau
- The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) ACA Database
NCSL has launched the first of its kind database to track the actions of state legislatures related to some of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Topics in the database include Medicaid, Health Insurance Exchanges, Health Insurance Reform, Health Information Technology, Prevention and Wellness, and Providers and Workforce.
- NN/LM PNR: Affordable Care Act National & State Information
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region has launched an Affordable Care Act website to assist the Pacific Northwest region in knowing more about both national and state-specific ACA news, information and resources. Visit the website here.
- Tribalhealthcare.org ACA Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Tribalhealthcare.org, produced by the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative, aims to develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). The initiative is a partnership between the Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board. Together, the partners plan to provide local trainings, national marketing tools, and e-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities.
Health Insurance Marketplaces
Medicaid Expansion Information
- Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation: Impact on CHCs in States that do not Expand Medicaid
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative analyzes the impact on community health centers of states’ refusal to implement the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Click here to download.
- NACHC Medicaid Expansion Calculator
NACHC State Affairs has developed a Medicaid Expansion Calculator making the business case for health centers. The calculator is designed to compute the additional revenue if Medicaid was expanded in the health center’s state and uninsured patients gained coverage. It can be used by a health center entering its own specific data or a PCA confirming the value expansion will have on its health centers in its state. This is the first iteration of the calculator; NACHC is already planning a second version which would incorporate more financial data.
- State of Refor(u)m Medicaid Expansion Chart
State of Refor(u)m has produced a chart that tracks state Medicaid expansion decisions. The chart includes direct links to statements from the governor or executive branch, activity in the state legislature, and fiscal and demographic analyses from the state or other institution. Click here to check the progress of Medicaid expansion in your state.
Primary Healthcare Improvement
- AHRQ & Commonwealth Fund Launch Health Extension Toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Commonwealth Fund are supporting the role of a new, emerging strategy for facilitating primary care transformation and improving community health-“Health Extension.” The Primary Care Extension Program is incorporated into the Affordable Care Act in Section 5405. They have launched a new online toolkit on the range of applications of Health Extension, how to get started and where to get help. Click here to access the toolkit.
- US Government Accountability Office (GAO) Health Center Strategies Report
The GAO reports on the cost of the use of emergency rooms for non-urgent matters and the potential savings with the expansion of FQHCs. The report also discusses some of the strategies health centers are using to reduce non-urgent use of emergency rooms. Full report here.
- National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) State "Accountable Care" Activity Map
With the support of The Commonwealth Fund, NASHP is tracking state efforts to lead or participate in accountable care models that include Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program populations. Accountable care models aim to address lack of care coordination and wide disparities in cost and quality of care in the U.S. health care system, perpetuated by the prevailing fee-for-service payment method, through shared incentives to manage utilization, improve quality, and curb cost growth. Click here to access.
- Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together
Winston Wong's new book on the importance of the integration of public health and primary care is applicable to health centers and offers professionals a roadmap to integrating the two
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation US Health Care Poll
A recent poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that many Americans believe the US Health Care system deserves a "C", at best. Americans with an income of $50,000 per year are mostly likely to think the quality of their health care is below average. Why do so many Americans believe that their care is subpar? Find the answers here.