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Affordable Care Act 1 Year Anniversary: What LVNs can Expect

Can you believe that it’s been one year since the Affordable Care Act was signed? (Actually, between lay-offs, gas prices, tsunamis and declarations of war, it seems quite a bit longer!) While the federal court is split on the constitutionality of this reform, the pending issues will greatly impact the work load and future of LVNs on the job. Those who are in an Vocational Nursing program may wish to look into how this possible monumental change in health care will affect their future career choices.

On Nurse.com, there is an interesting break down of points that are being considered. Here are a few that are particularly informative or controversial.

1) “A requirement for new insurance plans to cover certain preventive services, such as mammograms and some vaccinations, without charging deductibles, co-pays or other fees. Medicare patients can receive these services, as well as an annual wellness visit, at no cost.” I think prevention is key in a lot of circumstances. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

2) “Programs to increase the number of primary care doctors, nurses and physician assistants. The programs offer more scholarships and forgive student loans in areas with a shortage of primary care clinicians. Another program will pay more to medical professionals who practice in rural, underserved areas. Funding also will boost federally qualified health centers and National Health Service Corps programs to increase access to care in rural and urban communities.”

I think this is great on paper, but with the state and federal budgets saturated in massive debt, I don’t see this as a possibility. It’s no secret that our country is short on medical professionals, but where is the money going to come from for scholarships and debt forgiveness? If my taxes get any higher and my house value gets any lower, I may have to live on Top Ramen.

3) “Another Medicare-related program, the Community Care Transitions Program, to help patients avoid returning to the hospital by connecting them with services such as health coaches.” Seriously? I admit it, I’m a cynic. But I also think people need to take responsibility for their own health. Why should my tax dollars pay for someone to babysit a patient who chooses to eat poorly, not exercise or who doesn’t take their medication?

There are other issues, but I should stop before my blood pressure gets any higher. With government wanting to provide more health services, LVNs in the San Francisco Bay Area are going to be in higher demand. For better or for worse, the health care battle rages on.

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