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Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Dec;15(12):106. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0679-1.

Affordable Care Act and Diabetes Mellitus.

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1
Department of Global Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 1900, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA. qshi2@tulane.edu.
2
Department of Global Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 1900, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA. fnellans@tulane.edu.
3
Department of Global Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 1900, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA. lshi1@tulane.edu.

Abstract

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential for great impact on U.S. health care, especially for chronic disease patients requiring long-term care and management. The act was designed to improve insurance coverage, health care access, and quality of care for all Americans, which will assist patients with diabetes mellitus in acquiring routine monitoring and diabetes-related complication screening for better health management and outcomes. There is great potential for patients with diabetes to benefit from the new policy mandating health insurance coverage and plan improvement, Medicaid expansion, minimum coverage guarantees, and free preventative care. However, policy variability among states and ACA implementation present challenges to people with diabetes in understanding and optimizing ACA impact. This paper aims to select the most influential components of the ACA as relates to people with diabetes and discuss how the ACA may improve health care for this vulnerable population.

KEYWORDS:

Affordable Care Act; Diabetes mellitus; Medicaid expansion; Minimum coverage guarantee

PMID:
26458377
DOI:
10.1007/s11892-015-0679-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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