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Health Reform Law: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to increase insurance and healthcare coverage and improve the quality of insurance and healthcare for Americans. The Health Reform Law would enable 32 million uninsured people to gain access to health insurance. By 2018, at least 95% of Americans would have health insurance coverage. This health reform law intends to improve many aspects of healthcare. 
  • improve access to healthcare
  • provide better quality healthcare
  • increase preventive care
  • reduce Medicare costs
  • increase Medicare solvency
  • decrease out-of-pocket medication costs
  • increase the availability of primary care
  • improve opportunities for long-term care
  • improve chronic disease management
  • increase opportunities for home- and community-based care
  • control premium costs
  • insure high risk populations
  • prevent denial of or being dropped from insurance due to pre-existing conditions
The Affordable Care Act will be rolled out in multiple stages between 2010 and 2018. A detailed timeline of this rollout can be found on the official Health Care Reform website.  
There are many resources available to learn more about the Affordable Care Act, including
NCOA’s Straight Talk at NCOA Affordable Care Act Summary:
Below is a list of key resources.
Affordable Care Act Federal Website
Affordable Care Act Timeline
Kaiser Family Foundation Summary
Summary from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
NCOA Affordable Care Act Summary
Families USA Overview of Health Care Reform
Affordable Care Act Voting and Media Coverage Summary and Actual Bill
Affordable Care Act and Taxes
Affordable Care Act and Department of Labor
Affordable Care Act and Rural Application

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