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the Affordable Care Act but sufficient research has shown individuals like the individual features of the Act, and are indeed benefiting from having access to these healthcare services, but they don’t necessarily always like the name (i.e., Obamacare). It is not Obamacare – it is the Affordable Care Act so I’m hoping you’ll simply make sure you are well informed so that you can educate your clients about it’s provisions. Have fun and do make sure you don’t let this get political – it is simply a discussion about another healthcare delivery system (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid).
What new information did you gain from the readings and resources? Was there anything that helped you gain a better understanding of something you already were somewhat familiar with? What was it?
How do changes in the way healthcare is delivered impact access to healthcare? For example, in what ways do you think the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted the lives of individuals with disabilities? Has it made healthcare more accessible? What are some positive aspects of the ACA? What are some of the negative aspects?
Here is an example: 
The new information I gained from the readings and resources in the history of case management. The concept of case management was birthed out of the passion to help people that society deemed incapable, get an education along with clinical, social, and vocational services and support.  Out of Howe’s two schools, his management practices are still being practiced today. Although I was familiar with governmental assistance housing through other classes and listening to my peers’ experiences, I did not know the history behind the housing legislation. I learned that our government-based affordable housing, or “supported housing”, was based on settlement houses from the 1880s. I also did not know that supported housing fell under the case management umbrella. While reading the assigned chapters and resources, Hull House stood out to me because many organizations like the YMCA have adopted their initiatives, and carry on their legacy.
Before I elaborate on my thoughts about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is important to define what it is. The Affordable Care Act is a “comprehensive health care reform law and its amendments. The law addresses health insurance coverage, health care costs, and preventive care” ((HealthCare.gov, 2022). The goal of the law is to make health insurance readily available and affordable for adults with low income. The ACA has positively impacted the lives of individuals with disabilities because they can get affordable coverage. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could refuse coverage to people with disabilities or chronic health conditions. The ACA “prohibits discrimination based on disability under any health program or activity that receives federal funding or assistance” ((ODHP), 2013). Doctor visits, medication, and assistance for those with disabilities are expensive, the ACA helps reduce the costs and make their necessities easier to afford based on their fixed income. Through the expansion of the ACA and Medicaid, people who were previously uncovered are now insured, there is no longer discrimination based on people who have chronic or pre-existing health conditions, and families in low-socioeconomic conditions have access to coverage.
The downfall of the Affordable Care Act is the price of insurance premiums for some people. Many Americans have to change their doctors because some health providers are not covered by insurers under the ACA. Lastly, even though the ACA brings the cost of healthcare down, it is still expensive.
Overall, I think the Affordable Care Act positively impacts the lives of people with disabilities. 
References
(ASH), A. S. for H. (2021, June 16). Access to healthcare: Affordable care act. HHS.gov. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://www.hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/lgbtq/accesstohealthcare/affordablecareact/index.html
(DCD), D. C. D. (2021, October 29). What is the affordable care act? HHS.gov. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://www.hhs.gov/answers/health-insurance-reform/what-is-the-affordable-care-act/index.html
(ODHP), O. D. and H. P. (2013). The Affordable Care Act: Impact on people with disabilities. The Affordable Care Act: Impact on People with Disabilities. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://nisonger.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-Affordable-Care-Act-Impact-on-PWD_Brief-Final.pdf
H. C. G. (2022). Affordable care act (ACA) – healthcare.gov glossary. HealthCare.gov. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act/
Edited by Trinity Perkins on Jan 25 at 2:37pm

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