The Affordable Care Act, Medical Homes, and Childhood Asthma: A Key Opportunity for Progress

Meagan Lyon, George Washington University
Anne R. Markus, George Washington University
Sara J. Rosenbaum, George Washington University

Funded by a grant from the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. and by the RCHN Community Health Foundation as part of a major gift to the Department of Health Policy to support the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.


The medical homes provisions of the Affordable Care Act offer a major opportunity to advance high quality, cost-efficient health care for children with asthma. This policy brief examines evolving national medical homes policy in a childhood asthma context. Following a brief background that examines childhood asthma and explores the origins and evolution of medical homes policy (a concept developed with children in mind), the brief then describes how the Affordable Care Act can advance the implementation of medical homes policies to improve health outcomes for children with asthma.