What do healthcare science majors need to know about the Affordable Care Act?
Political parties continue to argue about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, there is one undisputed fact: In just four short years, this law has made significant changes that everyone – patients, healthcare providers, business owners and health insurance companies – must understand and integrate into their daily lives.
We’ve covered some of these changes in a previous blog post. Since this act still faces potential changes, it would be advantageous for healthcare science majors to make a habit of keeping up-to-date on any changes to this law.
By the end of the enrollment period in 2014, more than 15 million Americans who didn’t have health insurance before ACA was signed into law in 2010, now have health insurance. The number of people receiving coverage through ACA could possibly change this summer.
That’s when the Supreme Court is expected to deliver a decision that has the potential to unravel many aspects of this law. An article on the PBS blog explains that many Americans do not realize this case is even in front of the Supreme Court.
Whatever is decided this summer, it’s inevitable that legislation and regulatory issues concerning healthcare will continue to evolve. That’s why healthcare science majors at Alvernia are required to take HCS 400: Healthcare Systems and Policy. This course educates students on the latest trends on systems, practice management, treatment, payment and legislation and regulatory issues.