What is the Affordable Care Act?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) 2010 HR3590, or Affordable Care Act (ACA) for short, is the new health care reform law in America and is often called by its nick-name Obamacare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is made up of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the Patient Protection Act, and the health care related sections of the the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. It also includes amendments to other laws like the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and the Health and Public Services Act. Since being signed into law additional rules and regulations have expanded upon the law, we have attempted to update our summaries with those changes.
What Does the Affordable Care Act Do?
The Affordable Care Act is a long, complex piece of legislation that attempts to reform the healthcare system by providing more Americans with affordable quality health insurance and by curbing the growth in healthcare spending in the U.S. Reforms include new benefits, rights and protections, rules for insurance companies, taxes, tax breaks, funding, spending, the creation of committees, education, new job creation and more.
Please note that the law, in many cases, gives power to ongoing efforts by Health and Human Services and other Government programs to reform health care. So healthcare reform doesn't start and end with the Act itself. Make sure to check out the official HHS site for more information on healthcare reform outside of the ACA.