With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related reconciliation bills (the Act), it is time to explore what is really in the law. Colleges and universities might be surprised to learn the number of opportunities available to them. Everyone knows the Act includes individual and employer mandates regarding health insurance and imposes a broad range of new requirements on the health care industry. But, in addition to those types of provisions, the bill is a veritable Christmas tree in terms of the grants and opportunities it makes available to businesses both within and outside the traditional health care field, particularly colleges and universities.
Each grant or program generally requires that the prospective recipient submit an application to the federal government. The applications are generally submitted online through a government-sponsored Web site.
Read a summary of many of the opportunities available to colleges and universities under the Act.