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First Anniversary of Health Care Reform: A Look Forward and Back

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The Atlantic Philanthropies |

One year ago on 23 March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, culminating a tireless campaign by Health Care for America Now (HCAN), funded in part by The Atlantic Philanthropies. 

In honour of health care reform’s first anniversary, here are some thoughts on the challenges facing the implementation of health care reform and our learnings from the HCAN campaign.


Will Public Warm Up to Health Care Reform?
Read Atlantic President and CEO Gara LaMarche’s thoughts on what it will take for people to embrace health care reform.
>Read more



Lessons Learned from Health Care Reform 
Watch videos and read opinions as ten leading voices from the health care campaign share their views on how the health care reform victory was achieved  – and the challenges they anticipated following enactment of the Affordable Care Act. 
>View Videos and learn more


Effective Advocacy: Lessons for Charities and Grant Makers
View a recording of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s online discussion about advocacy campaigns, including the lessons from the HCAN campaign.      
 >Watch the discussion


HCAN EvlaluationHCAN: Executive Summary of Findings and Lessons
Read key findings from the Atlantic-commissioned independent evaluation of Health Care for America Now campaign by Grassroots Solutions and M+R Strategic Services. 
>Read the Evaluation’s Executive Summary


There’s much more work to do to protect and effectively implement health care reform. Here’s 3 ways you can help:

1. Participate in one of 75 HCAN events this week

2. Stay informed  

3. Get involved