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Nursing : HISTORICAL ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

The issue of improving health care has been the primary subject of political debate since the beginning of the 20th century. Over the years, various leaders have tried implementing policies that would lead to better access to these resources. In this paper, we will briefly discuss two historical events that impacted the healthcare access system.

In 2010, the former president, Barrack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. It set into motion various comprehensive health insurance policies. Among these reforms included the fact that there would be free preventive coverage and care for young individuals under the age of twenty-six (Sultz, & Young, 2011). This resulted in helping out millions of people who got to continue utilising their parent’s insurance allowing them enough time to attain financial security. Secondly, it prevented health insurance cooperation from dropping people once they fall sick or succumb to illness and lastly, pre-existing conditions no longer inhibited people from accessing medical insurance.

The Congress approved the State Children’s Insurance Program in 1997. The primary purpose was the provision of young ones with free and affordable assistance health care programs.  This resulted in the expansion of health care coverage for at least seven million children in both financially unstable families that did not qualify for Medicaid and from eligible immigrant homes (Cohn, & Hough, 2008). In addition to that, it gave the people involved the free will to choose the medical practitioners of their liking, and get referrals and access to medical specialists and mental health care. This program was a great success, and one of its benefits was that families that earned too much income to qualify for Medicaid but could not afford private health coverage were catered for…….

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