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Celebrating Health Reform
March 23 marks the first anniversary of the passage of the health reform law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its companion legislation, the Health Care and Education Act of 2010, have already begun to make health coverage more accessible and change how health care is delivered in the United States.
Dozens of organizations throughout the nation, including the National Council on Aging, National Partnership for Women and Families, and Small Business Majority, are sponsoring events to celebrate the anniversary. The events will highlight the many protections afforded under health reform to people with low incomes, women, children, the elderly, people with pre-existing health conditions, and small businesses.
The “Moving Forward” events will be organized around the following themes:
While the health reform law contains many general provisions that benefit direct-care workers, some of the items specifically address community-based long-term care services and support the direct-care workforce, including:
Demonstration grants to develop and pilot competency-based training curricula for personal and home care aides.
Establishment of a Personal Care Attendant Advisory Panel at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the creation of the new voluntary long-term care insurance program called the CLASS Act.