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Course to Examine the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Posted May. 1, 2013

This master’s and doctoral-level course will provide an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including political and policy discourse leading up to its passage; analysis of the law’s impact; the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that affirmed and changed the legislation; and the future of public health and health care in the context of the ACA.  Other historical attempts at national health care reform also will be discussed.  Students will draw upon and apply an interdisciplinary literature base to analyze the ACA.  Specific subjects to be included are Medicare, Medicaid, health care costs, health care quality and health insurance coverage.  “For example, the course will examine the history and current state of Medicare; the nature of Medicaid-related changes in the ACA now and as they will be phased in over the coming years; changes in the private health insurance market; and why these changes are perceived to be needed,” explains Health Policy & Management Assistant Professor Willie H. Oglesby, Ph.D., faculty for the course.  “Students also will consider whether the changes are appropriate; analyze positive and negative effects of the new law; and discuss whether the act will be successful in addressing current problems,” he says.  The course will be offered during Summer Session 1 and will be repeated later in the academic year.