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Topic: Affordable Care Act



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the most sweeping reform of the healthcare system in the United States since Medicare. The ACA was signed into law in March 2010, and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012.


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Public Not Paying Much Attention To State Decisions

The March 2013 tracking poll is one in a series designed and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s public opinion research team. The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height.

The Affordable Care Act: Three Years Post-Enactment

The Kaiser Family Foundation brief provides an overview of the ACA’s early impacts on private insurance and exchanges; Medicaid coverage; access to primary and preventive care; Medicare; and dually eligible beneficiaries.

The Affordable Care Act is the “lit match” for our Escape Fire

The documentary film Escape Fire shows how the health care system has been failing doctors and patients and how the system needs to change. The ACA is beginning to make many of these changes, but these reforms are being threatened by misinformation and myths about the law. A Doctors for America fact sheet.

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes the Court’s decision and looks ahead to the implementation of health reform now that the constitutionality of the ACA has been resolved. The brief contains sections describing the background to the case, specifics pertaining to the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion, as well as how the overall decision will affect the future.

Full Text of Supreme Court’s ACA Decision

Supreme Court of the United States Decision: National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelious Secretary of Health & Human Services et al. Argued March 26, 27, 28, 2012. Decided June 28, 2012.

How the Court Could Rule on the Affordable Care Act

This simple graphic by the NY Times from June 2012 illustrated in interactive form the implications for the ACA based on possible Supreme Court rulings.

Transcript: First Day of ACA Supreme Court Arguments

Transcript released by the Supreme Court of the first day of oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act March 26, 2012.

How to Educate the Public about the ACA

Recommendations from CaliforniaSpeaks. The group conducted seven community dialogue sessions with more than 220 participants (total, at all sessions) across California during January and February 2011 to explore the key factors that influence support and opposition to the law, including ways to better educate the public about its actual provisions. The forums were supported by a grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

The ACA’s Basic Health Program Option for States

This March 2011 report from the Urban Institute describes an option under the Affordable Care Act that allows states to implement a Basic Health Program. The BHP is a state-run coverage program for low-income people who aren’t eligible for Medicaid and lack access to an employer-sponsored plan. Under the law, states can opt to devise a BHP and receive 95% of the federal subsidy that would have otherwise been offered through the health insurance exchange. This report prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded State Coverage Initiatives by the Urban Institute explores select approaches that states could take to implement a BHP.

Views on Health Reform Remain Divided

This February 2011 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that, in the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal challenges over the individual mandate, nearly half the country either believes that Affordable Care Act has been repealed and is no longer law (22%) or doesn’t know enough to say whether it is still law (26%).

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