Lorman offers professional resources regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 Election

Available in:

OnDemand Course

The Affordable Care Act: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Workers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an extraordinary achievement because of its potential for far-reaching changes to the financing, organization and delivery of health care. The new law extends health insurance coverage to nearly 30 million people, expands the safety net, and encourages a focus on improving quality and reducing costs via a host of measures including new models to develop patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.

States are currently deciding whether to implement the Medicaid expansion and are working to establish the new insurance apparatus - known as the health insurance exchange - that supports the centerpiece of the new law, the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. These groundbreaking provisions go into effect on January 1, 2014. Meanwhile, changes to Medicare under the ACA call for increased care coordination. The new health reform provisions will have profound implications for social workers and the clients they serve. This on-demand webinar helps social workers understand the challenges and the opportunities presented by the ACA by explaining the key provisions of the law and suggesting steps that social workers can take to advance the role of the profession to fulfill of the aims of the ACA. This on-demand webinar is critical for social workers so they can advance the goals of the ACA through their clients and the communities in which they work.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to discuss strengths of social work that align with the goals of the ACA.
  • You will be able to identify social workers' roles in assuring access to health insurance coverage.
  • You will be able to review the heightened focus on integration and care coordination.

Runtime: 88 minutes
Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.


Strengths of Social Work That Align With the Goals of the ACA

  • Three Pillars of Health Reform - Access, Quality and Cost
  • Individuals Are Situated Within Their Social Context
  • Systems Perspective Connects Health, Education, Employment, etc.
  • Mental and Physical Health Are Integrated
  • Guided by an Evidence Base That Is Informed by Research Within Communities
  • Historically Have Targeted Services to Disenfranchised Groups

Social Workers' Roles in Assuring Access to Health Insurance Coverage

  • Patient Navigator Programs
  • Consumer Assistance Programs
  • Challenges and Opportunities

Heightened Focus on Integration and Care Coordination: Implications for Social Workers

  • Penalties for Hospital Readmissions
  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Bundled Payments
  • Patient-Centered Medical Homes
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Challenges and Opportunities

Expanded Coverage for Behavioral Health Services: Implications for Social Workers

  • Changes in Coverage for Behavioral Health Services
  • Incentives for Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health Services
  • Projections for Increased Demand for Behavioral Health Services
  • Challenges and Opportunities

Social Work's Role in the Ethical Implementation of the ACA for Vulnerable Populations

  • How Social Workers Can Help Advance the Goals of the ACA
  • Social Work Practice, Administration and Research Implications of the ACA
  • How Social Work Ethics Informs the Implementation of the ACA
  • Challenges and Opportunities
Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.


OnDemand Course

This course was last revised on December 18, 2013.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.


Christina M. Andrews, Ph.D.

Christina M. Andrews, Ph.D.

University of South Carolina

Christina M. Andrews, Ph.D., MSW

  • Assistant professor
  • Research interests include the accessibility, organization and financing of substance abuse treatment; gender, racial and ethnic disparities in treatment service access; and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the provision of substance abuse treatment services in the United States
  • Her most recent project examines the capacity of the treatment system to respond to rising service demand among newly-insured low-income Americans under health reform
  • Recently served as an investigator on a multiyear research project with the State of Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse to improve linkages across the state’s continuum of care for substance use disorders
  • In 2011, she received the Robert L. Schneider Award for Influencing State Policy for best dissertation focusing on state policy issues
  • Ph.D. degree, University of Chicago
Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C

Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C

University of South Carolina

  • Health social work research assistant professor
  • Co-editor of the Handbook of Health Social Work (1st and 2nd editions)
  • Serves on the editorial boards for the ASN Kidney News, Chronic Kidney Disease Update, and Journal of Nephrology Social Work
  • Consulting editor for Health & Social Work and Social Work Research
  • Past national chairperson of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers, is a member of the Southeastern Kidney Council Medical Review Board, is a director at large of the American Association of Kidney Patients board of directors, and the leader of the Society for Social Work Research Health Social Work Special Interest Group
  • The 2013 James E. Clyburn Emerging Leader in Public Health and Health Disparities Research award winner, a health care scholar for the Institute for Advancement of Health Care and an affiliate faculty member of the University of South Carolina Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities
  • Ph.D. degree, University of Chicago; M.S.W. degree, State University of New York at Buffalo
Julie Darnell, PhD, MHSA

Julie Darnell, PhD, MHSA

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Research focuses on access to, and the delivery and financing of, health care for poor and vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them
  • Has earned a national reputation for her work on free clinics, which are volunteer-based nonprofit clinics that provide health care services at little or no charge to low-income people who are predominantly uninsured
  • Served as co-investigator on several community-based studies that have aimed to reduce barriers to receiving timely cancer services using patient navigators
  • Her work on patient navigation has appeared in journals including Social Work and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and is forthcoming in the Journal of Women’s Health and Health and Social Work
  • Master’s and doctoral degrees in social service administration, The University of Chicago; master’s degree in health services administration, The George Washington University
Sarah Gehlert, PhD

Sarah Gehlert, PhD

Washington University

  • The E. Desmond Lee professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • Currently she is a scholar in the Institute for Public Health at Washington University and a member of its faculty advisory committee
  • Co-director of the Prevention and Control Program of Washington University’s Alvin Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Her publications focus on social influences on health, especially the health of vulnerable populations
  • Serves as guest editor for special issues of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the Journal of Race and Social Problems
  • Received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
  • Co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transdisciplinary Engineering & Science
  • Past president of the Society for Social Work and Research and on the editorial boards of Social Service Review, Social Work Research, Research on Social Work Practice, and Health & Social Work
Robyn L. Golden, LCSW

Robyn L. Golden, LCSW

Rush University Medical Center

Robyn Golden, LCSW

  • Serves as the director of Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she also holds academic appointments in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Health Systems Management
  • Responsible for developing and overseeing health promotion and disease prevention, mental health, care coordination, and transitional care services for older adults, family caregivers, and people with chronic conditions
  • For more than 25 years, she has been actively involved in service provision, program development, education, research and public policy aimed at developing innovative initiatives and systems integration to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families
  • Past chair of American Society on Aging and currently co-chairs the National Coalition on Care Coordination housed at the New York Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Master’s degree, School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; bachelors degree, Miami University
Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

All of your training, right here at Lorman.

Pay once and get a full year of unlimited training in any format, any time!

  • Live Webinars
  • OnDemand Webinars
  • MP3 Downloads
  • Course Manuals
  • Audio Recordings*
  • Executive Reports
  • White Papers and Articles
  • Sponsored Live Webinars

Additional benefits include:

  • State Specific Credit Tracker
  • Members Only Newsletter
  • All-Access Pass Course Concierge

* For audio recordings you only pay shipping

Questions? Call 877-296-2169 to speak with a real person.

Sign Up Today
With This Course

Access to all training products for one year

Unlimited Lorman Training

With the All-Access Pass there is no guessing what you will need for your yearly training budget. $699 will cover all of your training needs for an entire year!

Easy Registrations

Once you purchase your All-Access Pass you will never be any further than one-click away from attending any Lorman training course.

Invest in Yourself

You haven't gotten to where you are professionally by luck alone; it's taken a lot of hard work and training. Invest in yourself with the All-Access Pass.

Product ID: 392733
Published 2013
Purchase Options

Available in Multiple Formats

Purchase this course and learn on your schedule!