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Health Care Meets the New York Subway System: Understanding the Affordable Care Act
Emily Friedman, Independent Writer, Lecturer, and Health Policy and Ethics Analyst, Chicago, Illinois

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by the thinnest of margins in 2010, is shaking up every aspect of health care. The problem is, it’s also one of the most complex statutes ever enacted. Although we need not be familiar with every nuance – what a dreadful thought! – there are aspects of it that every volunteer needs to know. After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify the key provisions of the ACA that most affect volunteers’ work.
  • Understand the politics and other issues swirling around the law.
  • Better aid patients and families in negotiating this most complex of landscapes.

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