Every American needs health insurance. As the glitches on Healthcare.gov are repaired, it appears that all those who are eligible for new insurance options will be able to enroll.
But when that happens, what will happen to the health of Philadelphians? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a structure not only to improve access, but it also strives to create a way to improve health as a way to reduce the costs of healthcare in America. These pieces are outlined in Title IV of the Act.
The Act authorizes a strong new investment aimed at preventing chronic illnesses as a way of saving billions of health care dollars. Part of cost reduction is derived from improving Americans’ access to preventive services by removing all copayments.
Additional savings, though, are created through investment in the nation’s public health infrastructure. This includes
- funds to improve how we monitor and understand the occurrence of conditions like asthma, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and others;
- support for long-term investments in interventions to prevent or delay chronic illnesses and assure that those with chronic illnesses are identified early and linked to good care;
- dollars for research into health disparities and on the delivery of public health services;
- support for training more primary care providers who will be needed to help patients use the ACA and its “medical homes.”