The Affordable Care Act and community benefit: a mandate Catholic health care can (partly) embrace
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
The Affordable Care Act and community benefit
Abstract: 

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires not-for-profit hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to engage in meaningful community assessment and collaboration efforts in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. Now that the ACA has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, this paper argues that the requirements related to a more robust community engagement process should be embraced by Catholic not-for-profit hospitals and health systems. Apart from the legal requirements under ACA, an equally persuasive moral mandate to engage in community-level assessment and action exists in the ethical tradition of Catholic health care, particularly in the notions of the common good, preferential option for the poor, and subsidiarity. This paper examines the compelling nature of these moral norms in light of the dual goals of improving overall community health and reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations. It concludes with the examination of one model of community collaboration: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).

Author(s): 
McCruden, Patrick
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Journal Abbreviation: 
Kennedy Inst Ethics J
Publication Date: 
2013-09
Publication Year: 
2013
Pages: 
229-248
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
1054-6863
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 24199523

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Patrick McCruden. 2013-09. "The Affordable Care Act and community benefit: a mandate Catholic health care can (partly) embrace." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 23: 3: 229-248.

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