By Jessica N., Director of Public Affairs

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ACA or Obamacare), the one thing most people can agree on is its complexity. The bill was long and detailed, and since its passage, thousands of pages of regulations have been released to direct its roll-out.

Whether you support the new health care reforms or not, the bill is here to stay and substantial changes are coming to our health care system. If you would like to learn a bit more about the ins-and-outs of ObamaCare, I recently created a webinar entitled “The Affordable Care Act: What it Means for the Kidney Community.” The presentation goes over the major components of the ACA, along with how the changes might affect those with chronic kidney disease, those on dialysis and those with a kidney transplant.

In addition, earlier this year, I participated in a Kidney Talk podcast with the Renal Support Network on the same topic. The podcast, called “Healthcare Reform: What Does it Mean for People with Kidney Disease?” can be found on the RSN website.

If you still want to learn more about the ACA and the new efforts to reform our health care system, I encourage you to visit the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source page or And, of course, you can always post questions in the comments or email us for more information!

I will continue to provide ACA status updates as implementation moves forward, so stay tuned!