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Health Care Reform Resources
Health Care Reform Resources from Government Websites
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Analysis of the Affordable Care Act done by the CBO, a nonpartisan governmental agency that analyzes "budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process." (Quote is from the CBO's website.)
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services manage this federal government website. Its mission is to provide information on the health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act for individuals and families so they can enroll in the best plan that meets their needs and to provide the same type of information for small businesses as they determine which option is best for their employees.
Health Care Reform Website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Available here is information about the Affordable Care Act as well as the law itself.
National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (Supreme Court Case)
The decision of the Supreme Court ruling that the individual health insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Provided through the NIH National Library of Medicine website, this portal on Health Care Reform, Health Economics, and Health Policy provides extensive links to reports, podcasts, data, key organizations, and more.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Library of Congress-THOMAS)
Posted on the Library of Congress' THOMAS website is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: full text, a summary, amendments, related bills, and cost estimates.
State Legislation on Comprehensive Health Care Coverage
This report is from the Law Library of Congress website.
Report Summary: "As the national debate on health care continues, state laws provide small-scale models of legislation that might be implemented on a larger scale. This page provides an overview of related legislation in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as links to state codes." (Quote is from the website of the Law Library of Congress.)
Health Care Reform Sources from Nongovernmental Sites
Information from organizations and associations on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation's health reform law enacted in March 2010.
Alliance for Health Reform
Explore the resources on the page itself and check out the links at the top of the page: Briefings, Resources, Issues, etc. You have access to the ebook "Covering Health Issues" by clicking on the "Sourcebooks" link in the "Resources" tab. Chapter 1 is on health reform.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Federal Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
AAP advocacy efforts including fact sheets, news articles, and information on impacts to Medicaid payments.
American Public Health Association: Health Reform
An introduction and numerous links to fact sheets, issue briefs, charts, websites, etc.
Health reform topics from an organization whose mission "is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable .... The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy." (Quote is from the website itself.)
An overview of health care reform and links to Quick Facts & Resources, Websites, Key Players, Headlines & Articles, Reports, Legislation, and Supreme Court.
Healthcare Reform from the Medscape News
"Medscape from WebMD offers ... health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source
A non-profit foundation focusing on health care in the U.S. as well as global health policy. This site is dedicated to all aspects of the health reform law and contains interactive features, reports, news, and polls.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Health Reform
RWJF, a non-profit dedicated to improving health and health care of Americans.
At this website, you can limit to the issue of health and to a particular state of the U.S..
"Stateline is an editorially independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Evaluation of Internet Sites
Remember to evaluate the information you find when searching the Internet. Not all Internet sites are trustworthy or appropriate to use as research sources. If you have any concerns about the credibility of an Internet site, consult your instructor or a librarian for evaluation assistance.