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    Healthcare reform proposals have been on the plates of U.S. presidents going back to the Franklin Pierce Administration in 1854. Almost 160 years later, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) / Affordable Care Act (ACA) / "Obamacare" federal statute was signed into law by President Barack Obama on 23 March 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, Public Law #111-148 represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

    The ACA was enacted to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government. It introduced a number of mechanisms—including mandates, subsidies, and insurance exchanges—meant to increase coverage and affordability. The law also requires insurance companies to cover all applicants within new minimum standards and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex. Additional reforms aimed to reduce costs and improve healthcare outcomes by shifting the system towards quality over quantity through increased competition, regulation, and incentives to streamline the delivery of healthcare. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projected that the ACA will lower both future deficits and Medicare spending.

    On 28 June 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate as an exercise of Congressional taxing power.  Now, in the important sign-up phase, all forty plus Geriatric Education Centers across the US encourage every healthcare provider to remind their patients and clients to take advantage of this new opportunity.  Those seeking health insurance can securely sign up one of four ways: (1) Apply via paper application {Mail-In}; (2) Apply on-line via www.healthcare.gov {24/7}; (3) Apply by phone via toll-free 1-800-318-2596 {24/7}; and/or (4) Apply with human help based on location via localhelp.healthcare.gov {24/7}. [Misc. sources for above info includes Wikipedia and the Federal Register.]

ACA--Doing a lot for a lot of people 


The South Texas Geriatric Education Center

 The South Texas Geriatric Education Center of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (in conjunction with our partners -- most notably the San Antonio Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center) hosts an ongoing series of clinical, research and educational programs focused on improving the healthcare and quality of life for aging Texans.  Besides last year's popular Summer Institute in Aging plus Medico~Legal and the Aging Conferences we organized grand rounds, journal clubs and other events.  For Information like enduring materials from those and other adventures, please click the SIA13 in Review graphic below.  (Archived SIA12 in Review graphic.) 

Meanwhile, for our 2013 offerings, here is a convenient single-page reference sheet: For detailed information (like registration and CEs) please click the events graphic above or the STGEC Events ribbon on the upper left menu.  Because our geriatric care seminars are offered at cost or for free, it's education at prices that can't be beat.

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