Economics, English, Health
The vocabulary associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is both familiar and technical. Whether talking about access, comprehensiveness or subsidies, Americans need to know the meaning of terms as each applies to health care insurance and other provisions. Review In the Know terms with students.
See if they can find the terms in newspaper coverage and use the terms correctly in conversation. When students write about the Affordable Care Act, expect them to use these terms.
What is the Affordable Care Act?
Economics, Health, Journalism, Reading, U.S. Government
Get the facts. This is a basic tenet of journalism. Use primary documents as a starting point. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act begins with a listing of the topics and terms by section. Use this “table of contents” to assign students different areas to read. What does the law say?
A concise summary of the law is found on HealthCare.gov.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases are gathered on the Supreme Court website. Students can read documents and listen to audio/transcripts.
The Washington Post introduced a new feature in 2013, GovBeat, where state and local government professionals gather. The website features in-depth analysis, graphics, interactives and forums. Read “29 states want the Supreme Court weighing in on another Obamacare mandate” for a summary of the states’ concerns.
Do the Crossword Puzzle
Health, Journalism, U.S. History
After your students have worked with the vocabulary in In the Know and reading about the Affordable Care Act, give them "Health Care in 2013." This crossword puzzle includes many of the terms associated with this legislation and securing health insurance. Answers to the puzzle are found in "Affordable Care Act Resources." After they have completed the puzzle, ask students to use five or more of the terms in an informative paragraph.
What Are People Saying About the ACA?
Economics, Health, Journalism, Technology
Read the newspaper and online news sources and listen to broadcast sources to collect quotations from federal and state government officials, health care professionals and economists. Read to find out what citizens are saying about the ACA, online problems, its benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to record the name and title/job of each individual, source of the quotation (headline and section page number) and date you accessed the comment.
Gather in groups of three to five students. Discuss the comments you have collected. Is there a general theme? Are there one or more questions that the quotations to which the individuals are responding? Put the topic in the form of a question.
Classify the quotations in Pro, Con and Undecided columns under the question. For example, Is the Affordable Care Act helping American families? Or: Should the technical problems of accessing sign-up online reflect on the health care options provided? Use "For, Against or Undecided?" to record responses.