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The Affordable Care Act Turns 3!

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Posted March 21st, 2013 by 

Three years ago this Saturday, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama.  Since then, the law has both derisively and lovingly been re-named “ObamaCare”.

Whatever we choose to call it – health reform, the ACA, ObamaCare – this groundbreaking law has already brought real and fundamental change to our health care system and given consumers (yes, you and me) protections against the worst of the health insurance industry’s abuses.

In the last three years, the Affordable Care Act has meant:

And for millions, the best is yet to come on January 1, 2014, including:

  • Adults can no longer be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition – a change that could impact approximately 57 million non-elderly adults who have pre-existing conditions and would have  been at risk for insurance denials
  • Small employers and individuals will be able to easily shop for and buy private insurance coverage through new health insurance marketplaces in each state
  • Millions of moderate and middle-income Americans will get subsidies to help them afford health insurance coverage

I hope you’ll read these amazing posts from our partner organizations through the country who are leading the charge to make the promise of the Affordable Care Act real for you.

Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act!

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