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As medical students, our busy schedules often make it difficult to
remain informed about changing social and political issues.
However, the magnitude and importance of some developments require
our utmost attention. The new health care reform law is one such
In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
was signed into law. It was amended shortly after through the
reconciliation process and the final version is now referred to as
the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of the components of this law
have already taken effect and the rest are on the way through 2014
and beyond. Whether one agrees or disagrees with any or all parts
of the act, the undeniable fact is that, as future physicians, the
consequences of this law will have a great impact on the way we
will practice medicine and how our patients will access health care
services. Thus, it is important for us to be fully acquainted with
the new law, not only because of its effects on our future
practice, but because of our obligation to educate and assist our
patients in accessing the health care services they need. In the
politically-charged media we all are exposed to, it is often
difficult to find the unadulterated facts about health care reform.
Even now, almost one year after enactment of the ACA, a large
percentage of medical students are unfamiliar with the major
provisions of this law and unaware of the various sources of
information available to them. Therefore, the Council of Student
Members (CSM) of the American College of Physicians (ACP) decided
to outline the major provisions of the ACA in this guide which is
designed specifically for medical students. This guide will also
provide various sources, which the authors believe deliver unbiased
information regarding the law.
Although this guide is mainly focused on facts, it is important
to note that any opinions expressed or implied belong solely to the
authors and in no way represent the position of the ACP or the CSM
as a whole. Additionally, the actual law is close to 1,000 pages so
in order to create a practical guide we have only included what we
believe to be the major provisions of this law and in no way shall
this guide be interpreted as an exhaustible list of all provisions
and sources. We encourage all readers, especially medical students,
to use the provided and other available resources to learn more
about the details of this law.
Continue reading the Medical Student Guide to
Health Care Reform Law.
Read ACP's State
of the Nation's Health Care 2011.
Amirala S. Pasha
Council of Student Members, New England Region
University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Council of Student Members, Southwestern Region
University of New Mexico, 2011
February 2011 Issue of IMpact
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