Links to Articles on the
Health Care Reform Legislation

The debate about health care reform was fractious, complicated, and confusing. Now that health care reform has been enacted by Congress, how will it affect individuals, and how will it affect cancer research and cancer treatment?

ICAN Government Affairs Interns are combing the internet for answers to these questions with a view toward facts rather than opinion. Below are some links that we hope you will find helpful. This page is being constantly updated, so please check back often.

How the Health Care Overhaul Could Affect You (March 21, 2010)
This article published by the New York Times contains an interactive graphic that allows you to select your own personal situation and see how the new health care lgislation will affect you.

What does the health care bill mean to me? (March 21, 2010)
This is a similar article published in the Washington Post that also contains an interactive calculator that allows you to calculate the affect of the legislation on your personal situation.

Health Care Reform Explained (June 7, 2010)
This is an easy to understand summary in Q&A format published by AARP. As such, it is geared toward seniors.

12 Reasons to Embrace Health Care Reform (April 15, 2010)
A good summary of the main provisions of the health care reform legislation organized by category. Click on the category for details.

Healthcare Reform: Companies Might Like It Better If Regulations Went Easier on Employers (June 1, 2010)
Some suggestions for easing the regulations on small businesses, many of which will have some serious expenses arising under health care reform.

5 painful health-care lessons from Massachusetts (June 15, 2010)
According to this article, the 2006 Massachusetts reform laws are exacerbating the health care cost problem, not resolving it. There are some suggestions in the article about changes in the laws that could improve the situation.

A Fresh Take on Health Care (July 13, 2010)
Emergency room usage had been increasing for several years nation-wide. It had been hoped that the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform would alleviate this within the state, and that the U.S. health care reform would do so across the country. But instead, the ER usage continues to increase.