Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Discussion Question:

Use the learning materials and additional resource readings from this week and reflect on whether you oppose or support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Consider the nursing professional’s position as a caregiver and/or the healthcare leader as an administrator. Explore two significant components of the ACA that could potentially impact specific populations unjustly. Appraise the current political climate as it relates to repealing and replacing the ACA. For this weeks’ discussion, identify at least two reasons for keeping the ACA and at least two reasons that it should be repealed, replaced, or revised. Provide rationale for each.


Healthcare Coverage Gap

The ACA was meant to provide quality health care coverage for all yet a coverage gap for some populations especially in states that oppose Medicaid expansion. Based on what you have learned so far in this course, create a PowerPoint presentation that addresses the coverage gap problem, who is impacted by the coverage gap, the role the ACA plays in the coverage gap, why the coverage gap should be closed, and solutions/ recommendations for closing the gap. Address the following in your PowerPoint:

  • Select one state opposed to Medicaid expansion and describe why. Then, consider your own state. What are the benefits and drawbacks to Medicaid expansion in your state?
  • Define what the coverage gap is (problem/issue)
  • Discuss how the coverage gap impact low income healthcare consumers population.
  • What role does the ACA have in widening or closing the coverage gap?
  • Why is it important to close the gap (implications for positive social change)?
  • What are some solutions to closing the coverage gap and how can healthcare equity help close the gap? Include recommendations and/or solutions.

Your PowerPoint presentation should include/address:

  • Title Slide (1 slide)
  • Objectives Slide (1 slide)
  • Medicaid expansion (1-2 slides)
  • Coverage gap – define/problem/issue (1-2 slides)
  • Coverage gap impact on low income healthcare consumers (2-3 slides)
  • Role ACA has in widening or closing the coverage gap (1-2 slides)
  • Close the gap (1-2 slides)
  • Solutions to closing the coverage gap and how can healthcare equity help close the gap? (2-3 slides)
  • Reference slide (1-2 slides).

Assignment Expectations

Length: 9-14 slides (in addition to the title slide and reference slides)

Structure: Include a title slide and reference slide in APA format.  These do not count towards the minimum slide count for this assignment.  Your presentation must include an objectives slide.  Be sure to fully explain all slides in the Speaker Notes.

References: Use the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. A minimum of three (3) scholarly sources are required for this assignment.

Format: Save your assignment as a Microsoft PowerPoint document (.pptx) or a PDF document (.pdf).

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