What We're Reading at REACH - ACA Turns Three

March 23, 2013  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Turns Three 

Three years ago, on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. The target date for full implementation of the provisions of the law is January 1, 2014, but many provisions have already been put into place or are in process, increasing access to health care and advancing better care delivery models for people. Although the ACA remains controversial and continues to be debated at the national and state level, implementation has moved forward.

Following are briefs and articles that explain the status of key provisions and highlight benefits to our region:


The Affordable Care Act Three Years Post-Enactment, Focus on Health Reform, produced by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2013.

Obamacare’s Five Biggest Challenges, by Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post, March 23, 2013.


Kansas on track for October 1, 2013, Medicaid/insurance exchange connection, KHI News, March 18, 2013.

Affordable Care Act Will Increase Coverage, Demand for Mental Health Services, Kansas Health Institute Brief, March 21, 2013.

Kansas Providers Paid $46.6 Million in First Year of Federal HIT Incentives, KHI News, March 22, 2013.


The Missouri Medicaid Expansion: Good for All Missourians, Timothy McBride, Ph.D., Washington University; Sidney Watson, J.D., Saint Louis University School of law; Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project, January 2013.


Read a “Message from President and CEO Brenda Sharpe,” who published an essay in August 2012 on the Affordable Care Act and the option to expand Medicaid.