The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the federal health care law, is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the United States’ healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 (, 2013).

PPACA is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of healthcare. It provides a number of mechanisms, including mandates, subsidies, and tax credits to employers and individuals in order to increase the coverage rate. Additional reforms are aimed at improving healthcare outcomes and streamlining the delivery of health care. PPACA requires insurance companies to cover all applicants and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or gender (, 2013).

Week 8 Assignment: PPACA

Activity Description

Assume you are a faculty member introducing the PPACA in a lecture to your graduate students. Develop a PowerPoint presentation in which you assess the impact of the PPACA. In your PowerPoint presentation, be sure to address the following:

  • Define the PPACA and explain why it is considered necessary.
  • Explain how it will change the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Determine how it will affect the cost and quality of care.
  • Explain the impact felt by both employers and consumers.
  • Discuss how special populations (such as elderly, children, women, the homeless, and those with diseases such as HIV/AIDS) will be effected.
  • Identify and explore the potential ethical ramifications.

Provide specific examples to detail your presentation.

Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as speaker notes for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.

Support your presentation with a minimum of seven scholarly resources, within the last five (5) years. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources may be included.

Length: 15-20 slides (with a separate reference slide)
Notes Length: 200-350 words for each slide

Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style where appropriate. Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information.

The following rubric applies to the grading for this Signature Assignment.

Grading Rubric
Content (15 points) Points
1 Included an overall explanation and assessment of the PPACA. 5
2 Discussed in detail how special populations (e.g., elderly, children, women, the homeless, and those with diseases such as HIV/AIDS) will be affected. 5
3 Identified and explored the potential ethical ramifications. 5
Organization (5 points)
1 Included speaker notes for each slide, animations, transitions, and graphics. Included a minimum of seven scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing. Presentation is 15-20 slides long. 5
Total 20

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