With passage of H. R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the major work of implementing law into real system change began. In order to assist with the understanding and implementation of the act, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services have launched Health Reform GPS, a comprehensive Web portal that offers users the information and insights needed to cover, analyze and implement recently passed health reform legislation.
Health Reform GPS provides policy-makers as well as journalists, researchers, policy analysts and health reform stakeholders comprehensive information about all phases of the law and the process of implementation. The portal offers regularly posted short essays, called “Health Reform Implementation Notes,” that provide background about the legislation, explain the changes made by the law, describe the federal implementation process and timetable and identify the questions and challenges policymakers will be grappling with in the months ahead. Once posted, health policy experts and the public are invited to comment.
The portal also offers an online “library,” consisting of resources such as federal agency regulations and guidelines, analyses and studies and other materials from key stakeholders. In addition, the site will offer a health reform glossary of terms and will be searchable through a topical index.