Healthcare Policy Needs to Hear Voices From the Frontline

The elec­tion has finally come and gone, but we still find our­selves fac­ing uncer­tainty in the con­stantly chang­ing field of health care. Regard­less of which can­di­date received your vote, the results are final and Pres­i­dent Obama along with Con­gress will be shap­ing our health­care poli­cies for the next four years. Although the Afford­able Care Act already has been passed, there is much to under­stand about the new leg­is­la­tion as well as var­ied time­lines involved for its roll-​​out.

You can read the law in its entirety online. This is a user-​​friendly web­site that allows you to read the key fea­tures of the law, should you not have the desire or time to read every page (there are more than 900). I strongly encour­age tak­ing some time to at least read the high­lights of the law as it will cer­tainly affect you and your patients.

Despite the elec­tion being over, this is not the time for nurses to be idle in health­care pol­icy. Edu­cate your­self regard­ing the main ele­ments of the Afford­able Care Act. If there are areas of the law that are con­cern­ing, con­tact your state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and share your con­cerns. These rep­re­sen­ta­tives can relay your con­cerns from the front-​​line, which is invalu­able to those locked in a room far removed from the sit­u­a­tion mak­ing assump­tions and spec­u­la­tions on how parts of the law will affect patients and health­care providers.



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