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date: 01 December 2020

Health Care Reformlocked

  • Stephen H. GorinStephen H. GorinPlymouth State University
  •  and Terry MizrahiTerry MizrahiSilberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York

Summary

This entry presents an overview of national health-care reform in the United States, from its introduction into the public policy agenda at the turn of the 20th century through policy debates and legislative proposals more than a century later. Specifically, it concentrates on the programs and strategies to obtain universal coverage for health and mental-health services for all Americans at the national level, with limited success. It ends with a discussion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Special emphasis is laid on the roles of social workers and their professional organizations during this period.

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