Special issue of American Journal of Public Health addresses impacts of Affordable Care Act

Date: Oct 08 2015

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Special issue of American Journal of Public Health addresses impacts of Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2015 – A new supplement of the American Journal of Public Health out today explores the impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the health of Americans. This Journal issue contains expert commentary, research and recommendations on a range of issues related to the PPACA’s implementation.

The issue compiles papers on achieving health equity, changes in health insurance coverage and the effect of Medicaid expansion.

“Although the ACA provides a valuable first step in reducing the disparities gap, progress is contingent upon whether opportunities in the ACA help or hinder populations at risk for impaired health and limited access to medical care,” writes Omolola E. Adepoju of the Accountable Care/Health Homes Programs, United Health Group, in the public policy brief “Health Care Disparities in the Post–Affordable Care Act Era.”

Research in the issue examines the effect of PPACA on different populations, including minorities, homeless individuals, tobacco users and young adults.

In the article “Changes in Young Adult Primary Care Under the Affordable Care Act,” Charlene A. Wong of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program writes “Monitoring changes in young adults’ primary care, including their use of routine care and choice of usual providers, can inform future primary care workforce needs and priorities for graduate medical education curricula across specialties, with the goal of optimizing care services for this population.”

The supplement also features briefs on Americans’ perceptions of the changes in health insurance marketplaces and contraceptive coverage.

“For the ACA contraceptive coverage mandate to affect the use of effective contraception, raising women’s awareness of the expanded benefit is an essential first step. Private insurers, health care providers and policymakers must do a better job of communicating the benefit, or this could be a missed opportunity to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions among U.S. women,” writes Cynthia H. Chuang of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in the research article “Women’s Awareness of Their Contraceptive Benefits Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Support for this issue was provided by the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy.

A full listing of papers included in this supplement of the American Journal of Public Health can be found below.

  • A survey of Texas HIV, STD, TB, and viral hepatitis providers' billing and reimbursement capabilities
  • Women's awareness of their contraceptive benefits after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Changing Awareness of the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Universal health coverage: a political struggle and governance challenge
  • Health Care Disparities in the Post-ACA Era
  • Tobacco Surcharges on 2015 Health Insurance Plans Sold in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces: Variations by Age and Geography and Implications for Health Equity
  • The Fragmented Health Care Safety Net: Bridging the Cultural Divide Between Hospitals and Community Health Centers
  • Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations among Homeless People with Medicaid: Implications for Medicaid Expansion
  • Changes in Young Adult Primary Care Under the Affordable Care Act
  • Labor Market and Health Insurance Impacts Due to "Aging Out" of the Young Adult Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Coverage Gains Among the Uninsured: ACA's Impacts in Minnesota
  • Continuing Need for Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics after the Affordable Care Act
  • How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Access to Care for People Changing Coverage Sources?
  • Meeting the Tobacco Cessation Coverage Requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: State Smoking Cessation Quitlines and Cost-Sharing
  • Medicaid coverage expansion and implications for cancer disparities
  • Targeting Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, Preventive Services, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

These articles will be published online Oct. 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT by the American Journal of Public Health under “First Look.” “First Look” articles have undergone peer review, copyediting and approval by authors but have not yet been posted online by issue. The American Journal of Public Health is published by the American Public Health Association, and is available at www.ajph.org.

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