Understanding the Language of Health Reform
Date of Original Version
COVID-19 has accelerated the dialogue surrounding access to health insurance, including the potential for a public option, "Medicare for All," or modification of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. A dizzying array of terms and assertions surround these health policy discussions, as well as misrepresentation and lack of specificity. This article offers a primer on contemporary reform terms and options that are likely to be prominent over the next several years and outlines some health care-related elements of the American Rescue Plan Act, a massive COVID-relief act passed in March 2021. The aim of this nonpartisan overview is to enhance nurses' understanding of these terms as a basis for effective participation in public policy and patient advocacy.
American Journal of Nursing
Rambur, Betty, and Joyce Pulcini. "Understanding the Language of Health Reform." American Journal of Nursing 122, 1 (2022): 48-53. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000815436.83350.da.