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Health Care Reform Simplified

Guide Your Family and Your Business Through Health Care Reform

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Dave Parks
    Pages 1-19
  3. Dave Parks
    Pages 21-35
  4. Dave Parks
    Pages 37-56
  5. Dave Parks
    Pages 57-76
  6. Dave Parks
    Pages 77-90
  7. Dave Parks
    Pages 91-103
  8. Dave Parks
    Pages 105-115
  9. Dave Parks
    Pages 117-125
  10. Dave Parks
    Pages 127-135
  11. Dave Parks
    Pages 137-146
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 147-165

About this book


Health Care Reform Simplified describes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. It translates the law’s complex language into terms that are easy to understand, explaining what the new law does, when its provisions take effect, and how to plan for individual, family, and business health coverage. This book outlines the financial impact of the law and how it affects businesses, insurers, hospitals, and doctors.

Most important, this book gives consumers and employers the critical information for making informed choices about new options for private and public health insurance coverage. It also describes how the law interacts with Medicare and Medicaid. Finally, it looks at the potential roadblocks—political and judicial, as well as economic—that may derail some of the provisions. But with nearly half the Act's provisions in force already, there is no time to lose in understanding how this legislation affects U.S. health care providers and consumers today.

  • Explains health reform in easy-to-understand terms
  • Provides guidance on options for anyone buying health insurance, whether for family or employees
  • Details the impact on businesses, medical professionals, and insurers 
  • Charts the potential impact of political opposition to the act
  • Explains who will pay for reform and where the cost savings lie—under both best and worst scenarios

About the authors

Dave Parks has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and has earned numerous awards for his coverage of some of the most important medical issues of our time. His investigative reporting about health problems found but ignored in veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War led to a White House investigation, Congressional hearings and changes in how the military medically screens troops before and after battle. He has written in-depth, groundbreaking stories about cancer survivorship, health disparities, cervical cancer prevention and liver transplantation. He has worked as an editor and writer in the Midwest and Southeast and traveled to some of the deepest reaches of Africa to cover the AIDS pandemic. He is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and American Medical Writers Association.

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