Health Care Reform & Medical Home

Health care reform has created new possibilities for the advancement of medical home. This page provides information and resources related to health care reform—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and its relationship to medical home.


NEW: Plain Language Fact Sheets for Families

Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four plain language fact sheets explain specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Topics include:


AAP Health Reform Implementation Fact Sheets & Resources
A packet PDF of one-page fact sheets on ACA implementation, with individual fact sheets on the following topics: summary of AAP priorities PDF, age-appropriate benefits PDF, children and the medical home PDF, pediatric workforce PDF, state roles PDF and partnerships, access to care through pediatric payment rates PDF, support for small pediatric practices PDF, and an implementation timeline PDF.


Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Resources


Essential Elements of Health Care Reform for CYSHCN—Looking to the Future—Opportunities and Challenges in Health Reform for MCH PDF
The Catalyst Center—October 2010

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
This Web site is designed to help consumers understand the health reform law, learn more about insurance options, learn about prevention, and compare health care quality. It is the first Web site to collect both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place. In addition to providing coverage scenarios based on individual circumstances, it also highlights the issues and benefits of the new law for providers.

    Spanish version of the site
  • Insurance Finder
    Features pricing and detailed benefit information for private insurance plans for individuals and families and enhanced information about public health resources. Consumers can compare monthly premium estimates, annual deductibles, maximum out-of-pocket limits, categories of covered services, and other important information to help them determine what plan is best for them.


National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) Resources


Will the Affordable Care Act Move Patient-Centeredness to Center Stage? PDF
Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This paper explores how the ACA has changed the patient's role in the health care system. The paper looks at patient engagement, patient experience of care, and overall patient-centeredness. The paper outlines how evidence has begun to show benefits from better communication between providers and patients. Evidence also shows how engaging patients in their care results in an uptake in patient compliance to medical advice as well as fewer complaints and malpractice claims and an overall improvement in patient health.

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