Rural Health Reform

Although the healthcare field is constantly adjusting to improve quality and care, health reform is a general term indicating a substantial policy creation or change. In 2010, major reform of the U.S. healthcare system began with the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) or Obamacare. The ACA considerably changed the American healthcare system, significantly impacting patients, providers, and employers. This guide provides selected resources which examine these impacts from the perspective of rural healthcare.

To stay informed on the most current research concerning health reform in rural areas, see the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, which provides timely analysis on both federal health policy matters.

Last Reviewed: 3/10/2016