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Updated: November 9, 2010
Class 101: Healthcare Legislation Made Simple

Web portal Health Reform GPS is providing key publics and stakeholders with information regarding all phases of the healthcare legislation to help Americans understand the law and its impact.

It is a collaboration of the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Policymakers as well as journalists, researchers, policy analysts and health reform stakeholders can find a wealth of information, the organizations said.

The legislation and its effect is "enormously complex, and how it’s done will have a great impact on the health and health care of all Americans," said John Lumpkin, senior vice president of RWJF. "Therefore, RWJF has engaged the best and the brightest to help guide stakeholders through this process."

Calling the legislation "an instruction manual for the health care system," Sara Rosenbaum, chair of GWU’s health policy department, said the portal is designed to translate that manual. The materials available at Health Reform GPS will provide a roadmap covering all major provisions of the law and the federal implementation process, as well as expert and public commentary. Information and dialogue are the project’s twin goals."

The portal also includes an online library, consisting of federal agency regulations and guidelines, analyses and studies and other materials from key stakeholders. The site offers a health reform glossary of terms and will be searchable through a topical index.

The portal is upgraded monthly and includes short essays, called "Health Reform Implementation Notes," that explain the changes made by the law, and identify the questions and challenges policymakers will be grappling with. Once posted, health policy experts and the public will be invited to comment.

Addresses: George Washington University, 2121 I Street NW, Washington DC 20052; (202) 994-1000, www.gwu.edu. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, One College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08542; (609) 452-8701, www.rwjf.org.


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