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Topic: Health Reform

As far back as 1948, President Truman drew attention to the need to make healthcare more accessible, stating that “most of our people cannot afford to pay for the care they need.” In recent decades this has been a growing national issue, which came to a boil during the enactment of, and subsequent constitutional challenges to, the Affordable Care Act.

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The Affordable Care Act is the “lit match” for our Escape Fire

The documentary film Escape Fire shows how the health care system has been failing doctors and patients and how the system needs to change. The ACA is beginning to make many of these changes, but these reforms are being threatened by misinformation and myths about the law. A Doctors for America fact sheet.

Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability

This March 2013 fact sheet by Kaiser Family Foundation discusses changes to portability of health insurance coverage in individual and group markets under the ACA.

CLASP Health Care Reform Resources

A January 2013 list of health care reform resources from CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc.

4 tips for Improving Equity in U.S. Healthcare 

These insights on how to start the process, provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are adapted from “End Health Care Disparities,” an article that originally appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 5, 2012.

Presidential Candidates on Women’s Health Coverage and Reproductive Health Care

This October 2012 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation was meant to provide a factual summary of these issue for those following them in the 2012 presidential election.

Uninsured Quiz

The large number of uninsured people in the United States has been at the forefront of health policy discussion for decades, and in recent years has received increased attention with the passage of the health reform law in 2010. How much do you know about the uninsured population and the consequences of not having coverage? Take this quiz from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Uninsured: A Primer

Key facts about Americans without health insurance, assembled on the eve of coverage expansions by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2012, over 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. Nearly all of the elderly are insured by Medicare, yet nearly 640,000 of the elderly were uninsured in 2012.

Escape Fire Film Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is for screening facilitators and organizers of the movie Escape Fire. It can be used for community screenings, workshops or trainings. See additional resources at the Escape Fire site.

Health Reform & You: Strengthening Primary Care (Video)

This video, part of a new health reform series, explains how primary care doctors’ visits are changing. It outlines the problems many people have with today’s primary care, and how the medical home — an approach to primary care supported by the ACA — is improving access and quality of care while lowering costs.

The Number of Uninsured fell in 2011, Largely Due to Reform

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on a Census Bureau announcement stating that, in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years. The Census data suggest that health reform and other federal policies are responsible for a significant part of the gains in coverage.

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