As you read through Unit I, you gained insights about the structure and process of health policymaking in the United States as well as the role of policy and law in the health of individuals and public health. This assignment will ensure you gain a better insight to healthcare policy and the policymaking process.
For this assignment, identify a specific federal or state healthcare policy (e.g., a state children’s health insurance program, Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). You can find suitable health policy examples to use for this assignment from organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), National Academy for State Health Policy, or similar suitable healthcare organizations.
In a minimum three-page essay, illustrate how your chosen healthcare policy became law, clearly highlighting the role of the government in this policymaking process. Explain what the policy is and the policymaking process in the United States, including the role of the different branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) and the different levels (federal, state) of government in policymaking. Also, explain what impact this healthcare policy and law has on the healthcare and public health of the individuals and population involved.
In addition, your essay should include the following elements.
- Briefly define the concepts of the policy and the law in the United States.
- Identify a historical timeline from the introduction of the law to its implementation.
- Summarize the impact of this healthcare policy on specific public health outcomes.
You must include an introduction and use a minimum of three sources to support your essay, of which two must peer-reviewed articles that are academic in nature from the CSU Online Library.
The following resources may be helpful for you as you search the CSU Online Library for peer-reviewed academic articles:
All content must follow APA guidelines, including all sources used, which must be cited and referenced according to APA standards found in the APA Style Guide located in your myCSU Student Portal.
You may contact the Writing Center for assistance with essay writing and using APA Style.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
The following resource(s) may help you with this assignment.