Health Reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), drastically altered the health care landscape. Congress included health exchanges, and individual mandate, and a number of other reforms into the bill. Today, I focus on how Health Reform will affect existing programs which care for the nations poor. In particular, CHIP funds medical care for many of the nation’s youth and Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to low-income Americans. Both programs operate under a federal mandate, but are run at the state level. The Kaiser Family Foundation outlines the Health Reform provisions that will alter both the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
To summarize these findings, I have created the following table.