Health Reform- One Year Later

By: Lindsey Greenberg, Gateway Center for Giving

Today, on the one year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) with support from the St. Louis Business Journal presented to an audience of about 150 people at the Missouri Botanical Garden the facts about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for businesses in Missouri.

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act is actually a law?  Well if you didn’t you are in the same boat as many Missourians.  In fact only about 22% of people in the state really understand the law- a law that has huge impact and implications for government, businesses, and individuals. Take this survey to find out how much you know.

The Missouri Foundation for Health started a project called Cover Missouri.  Cover Missouri’s goal is to promote quality, affordable health care coverage for every Missourian. This effort tries to help Missourians understand and improve the health care system.  As part of this effort, MFH took three months reading the extremely complicated 2200 page Affordable Care Act and managed to boil it down to 120 pages of plain english.  Even better, they also created a four-page overview of the Act that explains its major components.  This overview is a MUST READ!  Additionally, MFH has been travelling the state for the last year informing businesses, nonprofits, and individuals about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for Missourians.  Not surprisingly, the level of support for the Act increased tremendously once people understood it.

Please take the time to visit the Cover Missouri website to become educated about the Health Care Reform Act (law).

If you’re still confused about how the new health reform law really works check out this short, animated movie from the Kaiser Family Foundation — featuring the “YouToons” — that explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014.

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