Module 1 – Case


Case Assignment

Your task is to write a paper discussing the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Act on the elderly by addressing the following topics: 1.  What specific elements of the Act impact the elderly? 2.  What is the intent of these elements with regard to the elderly? 3.  Do you think it will make healthcare more affordable and accessible for this group? Why or why not?

Make sure that you critically analyze the policy and provide scholarly support for your justification.

Assignment Expectations

You will be expected to provide a scholarly basis for your response. Your opinions should be justified with evidence from the literature. References should be cited properly in the text of your essay, as well as at the end. Several scholarly references should be cited for this assignment. Please limit your response to 2–3 pages

Required Readings

Community-based care transitions program.  ( n.d. ). Retrieved from

Frank, R., & Newhouse, J. (2008, Jan/Feb).  Should drug prices be negotiated under Part D of Medicare?  And if so, how?   Health Affairs , 27(1), 33-43.

Grabowski, D., O’Malley, J., &  Barhydt , N. (2007, Nov.).  The Costs and Potential Savings Associated with Nursing Home Hospitalizations.  Health Affairs . 26(6) ,1753 -61.

Additional Readings (Optional)

Kim, H., & Lyons, A. (2008, Spr.).  No Pain, no strain: Impact of health on the financial security of older Americans.  The Journal of Consumer Affairs , 42(1), 9-36.

Lau, D.,  Glasser   Scandrett , K.,  Jarzebowski , M., Holman, K., et al. (2007, Dec.).  Health-related safety: A framework to address barriers to aging in place.  The Gerontologist.   47(6), 830-837.

McAuley ,W ., McCutcheon, M., & Travis, S. (2008, Spring). Advance directives for health care among older community residents.  Journal of Health and Human Services Administration .  30(4), 402-418.

Williams, D. (2005).  Patterns and Causes of Disparities in Health.  Chapter 8 in: Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care. Ed. By Mechanic, D.,  Rogut , L., & Colby, D. Rutgers University Press.  ISBN 0-8135-3578-6.  *Please note that this excellent textbook is available in TUI’s  ebrary .

Winakur , J. (2007,  Nov. ,Dec .).  Dad’s Legacy.   Health Affairs , 26(6), 1728-1734


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