Perspectives: Transforming the System of Care for Older Adults – The Affordable Care Act Five Years Later


Read Dr. Bruce Chernof’s Perspectives exploring progress on eight areas from the Affordable Care Act to help older Americans get the right care at the right time by the right providers.

Date Updated: 03/29/2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has endured its share of controversy, facing both legal challenges and implementation difficulties. Even with these struggles, the ACA has created landmark improvements to our health care delivery system. Before the ACA, many Americans lacked access to affordable health insurance; today, over 16 million previously uninsured Americans have coverage. Similar parallels can be drawn for older Americans. Over the last several decades, the nation’s health care delivery and long-term care systems have become even more fragmented – leading to confusion, poor health outcomes, and higher costs of care. Contained in the ACA are important provisions focused on the needs of vulnerable adults that start to address these challenges. Whether through expanding proven models or exploring new approaches, these ACA opportunities all seek to better coordinate health and long-term care services. While much work remains to create a fully coordinated, person-centered system, the last five years have produced real progress toward this goal at both the federal and state levels…

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