Will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Improve Health Outcomes for Individuals and Families?

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Will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Improve Health Outcomes for Individuals and Families?

July 6, 2010

The importance of insurance coverage in accessing medical services and improving health outcomes has been well documented, and over 30 million newly insured individuals could experience health improvements as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).Coverage enhancements, a renewed focus on prevention, as well as incentives for safety, quality and care coordination may also create positive health effects.The ability of the health care system to effectively serve a vastly expanded insured population remains in question, however, and will be critical to the success of the reforms in improving health for individuals and families.

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