Affordable Care Act

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Read the law as it was written by Congress

Overview
The Affordable Care Act is the common name for the 2,409 page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as amended by the 55 page Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Together, this legislation makes the most significant changes to the health care financing system since Medicare was passed in 1965.

The health reform law, often referred to as Obamacare by its critics (and now even by supporters), has evolved over time as the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and Department of Treasury write the rules and regulations to implement it.

Below you can read the original law, which is broken up into ten sections, or titles. Title I contains most of the provisions applicable to the insurance industry – the changes to the insurance markets and the consumer protections that reduce “discrimination” by insurance companies. An easy-to-read, formatted version of Title I with a clickable table of contents is also included – reviewing this section of the law will give readers a good idea of what Congress originally intended when it passed the law.

Regulations and Guidance

Regulations & Guidance

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve, 2009 and by the House on March 21, 2010. Signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
Reconciliation bill that amended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Passed by the House March 21, 2010 and by the Senate a couple days later. Signed into law by President Obama March 30, 2010.
Title I – Formatted
An easier-to-read version of Title 1 of the Affordable Care Act, formatted by Eric Johnson. This is the main part of the law that applies to insurance agents and employers. To make it easier to read, increase the “view” on your screen to 200%.
Videos

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare

Posted July 17, 2013 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. 2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.

“The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare,” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, accessed December 11, 2013, view here

Health Reform Hits Main Street

Posted September 23, 2013 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.

“Health Reform Hits Main Street,” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, accessed December 11, 2013, view here


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