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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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Impact of Repealing Health Reform’s Maintenance of Effort Provision

This February 2011 issue brief by the Center on Budget and Policy Priority showed that repealing health reform’s maintenance of effort provision could cause millions of children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities to lose coverage, and would also bring about the loss of jobs.

Factcheck.org on the Myths of 2010

Wild claims topped off a major campaign to discredit the law with misrepresentations, reported Factcheck.org in October 2010. “As the election draws near, some conservative groups are making ever-wilder claims about the new health care law,” the wrote. (more…)

The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Illinois

This 2010 document from the White House describes the new protections and increased access to care that Affordable Care Act was already providing for people in Illinois.

The 1099 Provision

This February 2011 Health Affairs policy brief discusses a tax-reporting requirement for businesses, designed to raise revenues to finance health reform, which was now likely to be repealed. The “so-called 1099 provision doesn’t have anything directly to do with health care per se, but was designed to capture tax revenues that may be lost if businesses fail to report income. However, lawmakers from both parties and the Obama administration now support repealing the measure on the ground that it would place an undue burden on business, especially small businesses.”

A “Job-Killing” Law? FactCheck.org Finds No Evidence

A January 2011 analysis by FactCheck.org concluded that House Republicans had misrepresented the facts. In fact, experts were predicting the health care law would have little effect on employment.

New Benefits for Grads and Young Adults

If you are leaving school or changing jobs, this HHS fact sheet for young adults shows how you may be eligible for important new benefits that will ensure you get the care you need and deserve. Here are a few ways that the Affordable Care Act can help you.

Health Insurance Reform – Comparison to Current Illinois Law

This 2010 fact sheet from the state Department of Insurance provides a side-by-side comparison of protections under existing Illinois law and those offered by the Affordable Care Act on issues such as pre-existing conditions, out-of-pocket limits and unwarranted rescissions.

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