PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Obamacare impacts not only patients, but also the physicians and nursing staff of our area hospitals.

The President of the National Black Nurses Association Dr. Deidre Walton joined KDKA’s Chris Moore to discuss the National Affordable Health Care Act, also commonly known as Obamacare, and how it affects nursing education, patient care and health care costs.

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When asked what Walton thinks about the act, she said, “Obamacare gives nurses the chance to acquire the expertise and knowledge they need to deliver quality care.” Aspiring nurses have access to higher education through grants and loans made available through Obamacare.

Many fear health care costs will rise for patients, but Walton said that from 2010-14 costs have actually improved and are expected to continue improving. Similarly, she said, “Obamacare allows seniors to pay less out of pocket expenses and more preventative care.”

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Walton explained that one of the advantages of this act allows those with pre-existing conditions to find insurance coverage and also gives unemployed college graduates continued insurance coverage through their parents.

Listen to Chris Moore every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.

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