As you may have heard, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of key provisions that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (informally known as Obamacare). According to the White House website, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act puts an end to pre-existing condition discrimination, adds more affordable coverage, provides better access to care and strengthens Medicare.
But what does that mean to you?
Here are the facts (source: SupremeCourt.gov):
What do you think?
- Enacted in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “increase(s) the number of Americans covered by health insurance and decrease(s) the cost of health care.
- Two provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were deemed constitutional: “the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase a health insurance policy providing a minimum level of coverage; and the Medicaid expansion, which gives funds to the States on the condition that they provide specific health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold.”
- Under the individual mandate provision, individuals who do not have health insurance will have to pay 1 percent of their income to the IRS starting in 2014.
- Children will be allowed to stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26 years old.
Whichever side you may fall on this, one thing seems to be clear: with more insured people, the need for care will increase, and the need for more employees to be part of that care will also increase. This translates to a benefit for the healthcare industry as a whole. More jobs will be created as the demand increases thanks to the newly insured.
Nursing job opportunities will grow. Hospitals will have a need for additional doctors. The need will affect all levels, including those working at the front desk of hospitals and medical care facilities: medical billing specialists, medical transcriptionists, medical coders, electronic health records specialists and more.
“Job openings will grow faster in healthcare than in all other industries in 46 out of 50 states and in the District of Columbia, with the fastest growth in Georgia (38%) and Utah (38%), according to a study released last week by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce” (MarketWatch, June 28, 2012).
Forget the politics. Job opportunities are growing. Plain and simple. At Allied, we have an array of flexible, 100% online and affordable options for your future medical career.