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Health Care Reform Resources

Originally prepared in connection with a program held in January 2010

The New Law

  • H.R. 4872 Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Became Public Law No: 111-152 on March 30, 2010. Text of law: PDF -- text.
  • H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Became Public Law No. 111-148 on March 23. Text of law: PDF -- text. After enactment of this legislation, the President issued Executive Order 13535 on March 24, 2010.
  • Summary of New Health Reform Law (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • Health Reform Implementation Timeline (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 15, 2010)
  • Timeline: What's Changing and When (HealthCare.gov)
  • Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Health Insurance Provisions
  • (Commonwealth Fund)
  • Forum on Health Care Reform (Prof. Rob Leflar, Dr. Hershey Garner)
  • . Powerpoint presentation to Forum for League of Women Voters of Benton County, April 22, 2010.

    Sites for Following Implementation

  • Health Care 2010 (Washington Post). Provides news and analysis on the national health care developments.
  • After the Ruling: A Consumer's Guide (Kaiser Health News). Updated June 28, 2012
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  • Times Topic: Health Care Reform (New York Times). Provides overview, news, and analysis on national health care reform
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  • Prescriptions: The Business of Health Care (New York Times). A blog by the New York Times which tracks the health care industry and health care law.
  • Kaiser Health News (Kaiser Family Foundation). Provides coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels.
  • Daily News Digest on Health Care Reform (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Provides key articles from major newspapers and journals.
  • Health Reform Implementation (Healthwatch, The Hill's Healthcare Blog)
  • HealthCare.gov. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this site includes news on health care reform implementation and explains the health care law.
    National Prevention Strategy: America's Plan for Better Health (National Prevention Council,
    US HHS Office of the Surgeon General, June 2011)
  • US HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. This Office is "responsible for ensuring compliance with the new insurance market rules" and "will work closely with state insurance commissioners and governors, consumers, and stakeholders throughout the implementation process..."
  • Your Small Business and Health Care Reform (US SBA)
  • League of Women Voters of the United States Action Page on Health Care Reform
  • Attempt to Repeal

  • Opinion Issued June 28, 2012, by the Supreme Court of the U.S.
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  • Coverage of the Ruling (Kaiser Health News)
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  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cases at U.S. Supreme Court
  • Stronger: Fight for the Health Care Law
  • More Non-Profit Sites

  • Health Reform (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • State Variation and Health Reform (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • StateHealthFacts.org: Health Reform (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals (Kaiser Family Foundation, updated March 19, 2010)
  • Health Reform (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Health Reform Resources (Commonwealth Fund)
  • Health System Performance (Commonwealth Fund)
  • More Government Resources

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports on Health Care Reform. These reports are prepared at the request of members of Congress. Selected reports are:
    Health Care Reform: A Introduction (August 31, 2009)
    Health Reform and the 111th Congress (October 14, 2009)
    A Comparative Analysis of Private Health Insurance Provisions of H.R. 3962 and S.Amdt. 2786 to H.R. 3590 (December 16, 2009)
    Employment-Based Health Coverage and Health Reform: Selected Legal Considerations (June 12, 2009)
    Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Provisions in Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) (November 10, 2009)
    Medicare Program Changes in H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act (November 09, 2009)
    Noncitizen Eligibility and Verification Issues in the Health Care Reform Legislation (November 02, 2009)
    A Comparative Analysis of Private Health Insurance Provisions of H.R. 3962 and S.Amdt. 2786 to H.R. 3590 (December 16, 2009)
    Private Health Insurance Provisions of S. 1796, America's Healthy Future Act of 2009 (November 16, 2009)
    The U.S. Mental Health Delivery System Infrastructure: A Primer (April 21, 2009)
    State Health Reform Strategies (April 14, 2009)
    Medicare Primer (March 10, 2009)
    Setting and Valuing Health Insurance Benefits (April 06, 2009)
  • Congressional Budget Office Reports on Health Care and Health Care Reform
  • Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimates
  • HealthReform.gov. This "official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services" provided news, forums, and reports on health care reform, is no longer updated, and has been archived. Reports available through this site include:
    The Case for Change. For each state, provides a report on the current status of health care and the benefits of reform.
    2008 National Healthcare: Quality & Disparities Reports (US HHS AHRQ)
    White House Reports on Health Care Reform
  • Health Care Reform (White House). Describes the new health reform law.
  • Benefits of Health Care Reform, District by District Impact (US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 20, 2010)
  • Health Reform Reports (US HHS SAMHSA). Includes links to these and other non-government reports: "Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Weighs In On Effects of Health Care Reform Legislation," "Why Rural America Needs Health Care Reform," and "Immigrants and Health Care Reform: What's Really At Stake?"
  • Ensuring that Health Care Reform Will Meet the Health Care Needs of Minority Communities and Eliminate Health Disparities: A Statement of Principles and Recommendations submitted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) (US HHS, July 2009)

    Arkansas

  • NWAOnline Series on Health Care (Northwest Ark. Times, Springdale Morning News, Aug. 1-5, 2010) NEW!
  • Health Law Gains Acceptance in Arkansas by Ernest Dumas (Arkansas Times, July 8, 2010) NEW!
  • So What Will This Health Reform Bill Mean [for Arkansas]? (Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, March 22, 2010)
  • Benefits of Health Care Reform for Arkansas Congressional Districts (US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 20, 2010)
  • Health Insurance Reform and Arkansas (HealthReform.gov)
  • Arkansas: Health Care Quality Compared to All States (US HHS AHRQ)
  • Health Reform Fact Sheet: Arkansas & the U.S. (StateHealthFacts.org, Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • County Health Rankings--Arkansas (Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and U. WI Population Health Institute)
  • Sen. Blanche Lincoln's Health Care Resources Page
  • Sen. Blanche Lincoln's Issue Page on Health Care
  • Sen. Mark Pryor's Issue Page on Health Care
  • Rep. Marion Berry's Issue Page on Health Care
  • Rep. John Boozman's Issue Page on Health Care
  • Rep. Mike Ross's Issue Page on Health Care
  • Rep. Vic Snyder's Issue Page on Health Care

    Pre-Passage Debate and Earlier Proposed Legislation

  • Health Care Forum Video (Leflar, U. of Arkansas School of Law, October 10, 2009). Video of presentation on Health Care Reform by Professor Robert B. Leflar.
  • COMMENTARY Health Reform: Arkansas Impacts (Leflar, Northwest Arkansas Times, Monday, March 1, 2010). PDF. This is the fourth guest column on the health care debate by U. of Arkansas professor Robert B. Leflar.
  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Health Care: Yellow Lights, Red Flags (Leflar, Northwest Arkansas Times, Monday, November 16, 2009). This is the first of three guest columns on the health care debate by U. of Arkansas professor Robert B. Leflar.
  • GUEST COMMENTARY Health Bills: What's At The Core (Leflar, Northwest Arkansas Times, Monday, November 30, 2009). PDF. This is the second of three guest columns on the health care debate by U. of Arkansas professor Robert B. Leflar.
  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Medical Malpractice Reform? (Leflar, Northwest Arkansas Times, Monday, December 14, 2009). This is the third of three guest columns on the health care debate by U. of Arkansas professor Robert B. Leflar.
  • Among Doctors, Many Opinions on Health Care Reform (PBS NewsHour, Oct. 5, 2009). Interview with Drs. Hershey Garner and Donald Palmisano shortly after Dr. Garner's visit to the White House with Doctors for America. Transcript with link to streaming video.
  • Health reform: Side-by-Side Analysis of Senate and House Bills (UPDATED 1/12/10) (Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families)
  • Comparing The CBO Scores For Different Health Care Bills (OpenCongress Blog, March 18, 2010)
  • Video: Health Care Reform Bubble. Cartoon illustration of the health care debate.
  • The Treatment: Your Must-Read Guide to Health Care Reform (The New Republic). A blog by Jonathan Cohn.
  • The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas Town Can Teach Us About Health Care (Gawande, New Yorker, June 1, 2009)
  • President's Proposal, February 22, 2010.
  • President's Proposal, Feb. 22: White House Summary -- White House Blog Walk Through.
  • H.R. 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act. This is the version of health care reform passed by the House. Text of bill (select #2).
  • S. 1796 America's Healthy Future Act of 2009. The Senate Committee on Finance reported this bill to the Senate on October 19, 2009. Text of bill.
  • Comparing the House and Senate Health Care Proposals (New York Times, updated December 23, 2009). This is an interactive comparision of the bills before Congress.
  • Health-Care Reform: How the Bills Stack Up (Washington Post, updated December 24). Compares cost, coverage, and key positions of the bills.

    Background for the Debate

  • Speech by TR Reid on his book The Healing of America. Select "chapters" on the basic models of health care, systems in other countries based on those models, or the combination of models in the United States.
  • An Interactive History of Health Care Reform: Nearly 100 Years of Legislative Milestones and Defeats (New York Times, July 19, 2009)
  • Process of Health Care Reform Legislation (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • Healthcare Reform (Wikipedia). Describes health care systems in various countries.
  • Health Care Reform in the United States (Wikipedia)

    Last updated June 2012