Public Policy Update
2013 Texas Legislative Session Update
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Health Care Reform Law – Additional Resources
The national office of NASW has received questions about the impact of health care reform on states. We have pulled together a number of online resources that might be of use to you.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. The Foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.
Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 700 health topics and is linked to both the Kaiser Family Foundation website (www.kff.org) and Kaiser Health News (http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org).
State Health Facts – Health Reform: http://www.statehealthfacts.org/healthreform.jsp
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents all 133 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 68 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. This document highlights the health care workforce provisions in the Act:
Grants.gov provides a unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the US Federal agencies that manage grant funds. Once on the site, if you type in Affordable Care Act, you will be linked to the grants available through the health law. Scroll down to search for specific state health care workforce planning or implementation grants.
The National Academy for State Health Policy
The National Academy for State Health Policy, an independent academy of state health policymakers working to improve state health policy and practice, offers a comprehensive set of policy and planning resources for state implementation of health care reform. The site includes ten aspects of federal health reform that states must get right, if they are to be successful in implementation. The Academy’s portal for these advisory materials is here.
Families USA, an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all has collected many useful materials on health care reform implementation issues on its website. The site includes a variety of materials for state advocates to prepare for implementation, along with more technical materials on parts of the law that will need attention over the coming years. Families USA’s portal is here.
The new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) site to sign up for workforce grants available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
In late March we sent out an update about the programs available in health care reform. That can be found here.
You can still view information about health care reform here.