Explain to her about the new healthcare reform bill and how that will impact her situation.

Based on this chapter, please provide an explanation of the following concepts in your own words. DO NOT RECITE the text.

American Health Benefit Exchanges: ________________

Community First Choice: ________________

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan: ________________

Elder Justice Act: ________________

Independent Payment Advisory Board: ________________

National Health Care Workforce Commission: ________________

Nursing Home Compare website: ________________

Physician Compare website: ________________

Primary Care Extension Program: ________________

Reinsurance Program: ________________

STUDENT ACTIVITY 2-2

Complete the following case scenarios based on the information provided in the chapter. Your answer must be IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

REAL LIFE APPLICATIONS: CASE SCENARIO ONE

Your mother has a chronic healthcare condition that requires many visits to her healthcare provider. She recently changed jobs, which will require your family to move to a new state. She is also afraid that she will not receive healthcare insurance from her new company and is worried about finding a new provider to take care of her.

ACTIVITY

Explain to her about the new healthcare reform bill and how that will impact her situation.

RESPONSES

CASE SCENARIO TWO

You have two elderly relatives who you think are not being treated well by their nursing home. You are not sure what to do. You speak to your parents about it and they suggest you research the www.healthcare.gov website about this issue. They know there are some mandates in the ACA regarding elderly care.

ACTIVITY

Visit the www.healthcare.gov website and perform research regarding the Elder Justice Act to determine if there are any solutions to this problem.

RESPONSES

CASE SCENARIO THREE

Your mother is turning 55 and is being downsized from her job. She has yet to find another job. She has COBRA benefits for a certain period of time but is not sure what to do after. She is too young for Medicare.

ACTIVITY

Visit the www.healthcare.gov website to determine if there are any options for her to purchase health insurance.

RESPONSES

CASE SCENARIO FOUR

You work for a healthcare facility that would like to apply for a grant to develop new ways to improve the quality of its health care.

ACTIVITY

Visit the Innovation Center on the www.cms.gov website. Develop a report on possible grants available for your healthcare facility.

RESPONSES

STUDENT ACTIVITY 2-3

INTERNET EXERCISES

Write your answers in the space provided.

Visit each of the websites listed here.

Name the organization.

Locate their mission statement on their website.

Provide a brief overview of the activities of the organization.

How do these organizations participate in the U.S. healthcare system?

Websites

http://www.healthcare.gov

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care:

http://www.allhealth.org

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care:

http://www.pnhp.org

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care:

http://www.ahip.org

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care:

http://www.hfma.org

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care: ________________

http://www.acep.org

Organization Name: ________________

Mission Statement:

Overview of Activities: ________________

Importance of organization to U.S. health care:

STUDENT ACTIVITY 2-4

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The following are suggested discussion questions for this chapter.

(1)   Select three initiatives of the Affordable Care Act in any of the ten title areas that you feel are important to improving our healthcare system. Defend your answer.

(2)   Do you feel that the mandate for individual health insurance coverage is constitutional? Defend your answer.

(3)   What do you think of the Nursing Home Compare and Physician Compare websites? Do you think they provide valuable information for consumers to support these important healthcare decisions?

(4)   Go to the website http://www.heatlhcare.gov and locate the new Patient Bill of Rights. Discuss five rights that are of interest to you and why.

(5)   What is a cafeteria plan? Do you think this is an effective way to provide health insurance benefits to employees? Perform an Internet search and locate a company that provides a cafeteria plan and report back to the discussion board on what they offer.

The Navigate Companion Website for this text is a great source for additional information on the U.S. healthcare system. You can gain a new perspective on many of the topics presented in this chapter by visiting http://go.jblearning.com/Niles2e. You’ll find additional student activities, further reading, and interactive study tools that explore:

• Major Affordable Care Act initiatives

• Implementation of individual health insurance coverage mandate

• Role of Medicare and Medicaid in Affordable Care Act implementation

• And much more.