Health Care Reform Information
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as health care reform, there will be many changes to consumers' health insurance policies. Both individual and group policies will be changing over the next few years as provisions of reform are implemented.
The Health Care Reform Information Center will help you understand changes and new protections that you will see with your policy. This consumer-friendly guide will help explain and simplify the complexities of health care reform.
In this Health Care Reform Information Center you will find:
- Health Care Reform Facts. Read 10 facts about health care reform that are commonly confused for myths.
- Health Care Reform Timeline. When will new provisions from health care reform be implemented?
- Find information about the nationwide High Risk Health Insurance Pools there were created by health care reform.
- Have pre-existing conditions? Read about Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Care Reform to see how your problem could be solved.
- The individual mandate under health care reform and why all Americans have to purchase health insurance in the next few years.
- Learn about free preventive services and how you can benefit from these new protections.
About Health Care Reform
President Barack Obama made health care reform one of his main priorities when he stepped into office. After a year of debate and multiple versions of health care reform were drafted — it finally passed on March 23, 2010.
It was passed in the U.S. Senate by a procedural rule called "budget reconciliation" with a majority vote. Then the health reform bill was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives and was approved with 219 votes for and 212 votes against. After the House approved the legislation, the president signed it into law.
While opposition and support continues to be divided between Republicans and Democrats, provisions of the health reform bill will be implemented over time and be in full effect in 2014.
Want daily information about health care reform? Visit The Coverage Corner to get up-to-date news on health care reform and health insurance changes.