Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 1, 2011
Health Reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2010. While the law has far-reaching implications for health care in the United States, it is designed to create a more efficient health care system that serves more people.
Media coverage focuses on the public’s divided opinion about the law, yet the reality is more nuanced. Many individual provisions of the law are highly popular including tax credits for small businesses, the ban on denying insurance coverage due to medical history, financial help for low and moderate income families, and the prohibition of lifetime coverage limits.
The law will gradually roll out through 2014, yet many of its provisions are already in effect. The challenge will be efficient implementation while continually improving the health care system, as it begins to serve the health care needs of many more Americans.