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Health Care Reform in Action

by Brenda Peluso

Now that health care reform has passed, we can begin to analyze the impact of the final version on Maine’s nonprofit community and the people we serve. We are pleased to be able to offer a webinar, Health Care Reform & Nonprofits, to begin explaining the impact. The webinar will be co-hosted by MANP and Consumers for Affordable Health Care on Friday, May 14th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

We have collected some articles to help you begin to make sense of what it means for you.

  • Small Business Credit: A major victory for us and our partners around the country was insuring that nonprofit employers could take advantage of the small business credit for offering qualifying health insurance plans to their employees. Visit our Blog article, Small Maine Nonprofits to See Immediate Benefit from Health Care Reform, to learn more about this credit and how to apply it immediately.
  • Impact on Free Health Clinics: Our friends at the Nonprofit Quarterly wonder if health insurance reform means that free clinics will no longer be necessary?
  • Impact on Hospitals: The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the health-care legislation passed by Congress requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct a “community health needs assessment” at least once every three years.
  • Impact on Mental Health Services: can the new law change the mental health system in America? This article in the New York Times ponders what parity in this new bill will mean.
  • Nonprofits Ensuring Americans Participate in Reforms: Read this Chronicle Article on how nonprofit groups are gearing up for next steps.

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