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Health Care Reform Background and Resources

Health Reform Legislation

Many factors motivated lawmakers to address health care this year. One in six Americans are uninsured. Higher unemployment means that many more fear that they may lose their insurance or become underinsured. Experts consider high medical costs borne by employers and government unsustainable, and quality outcomes in the US lag behind most industrialized nations.


Listed below are policy resources offered by various organizations and government agencies that help to explain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Thanks to The Kaiser Family Foundation, Alliance for Health Reform, the Commonwealth Fund and others who developed the source material.

  • General Information

Video: Health Reform Hits Main Street

http://healthreform.kff.org/ - The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation's website that is updated frequently with news, research and analysis

Official Government Website on Health Reform Law - http://www.healthreform.gov/

Opportunities for Patient to Become Involved

  • Implementation – When Will Parts of the New Law Take Effect?

Changes in Health Care Law the Take Effect Immediately

Implementation Timeline by National Governors Association (http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/1003HEALTHSUMMITIMPLEMENTATIONTIMELINE.PDF)

Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: System and Delivery Reform Provisions, The Commonwealth Fund, 4/1/2010

Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Revenue Provisions , 4/1/2010

Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation: Health Insurance Provisions , The Commonwealth Fund, 4/1/2010

Key Near-Term Implementation Dates of Interest to Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

  • Insurance Changes Patients Should Know About

Insurance Coverage for Children up to Age 27 - http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=222193,00.html

High Risk Pool Fact Sheet

Health Insurance Exchanges in Health Care Reform: Legal and Policy Issues, The Commonwealth Fund, 12/1/2009
- Timothy Jost

How You'd Shop for Insurance After Health-Care Reform
, Consumer Reports, 2/26/2010
- Kevin McCarthy

New Health Initiatives Put Spotlight on Prevention, The New York Times, 4/4/2010
- Robert Pear

  • Am I Covered?  Access to Care Under the New Law

How Health Reform Legislation Will Affect Medicare Beneficiaries, The Commonwealth Fund, 3/1/2010
- Stuart Guterman, Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis

Explaining Health Care Reform: Key Changes to the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit Coverage Gap, Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/1/2010

Q+A: How does healthcare overhaul affect Medicare?, Reuters, 3/22/2010
- Donna Smith

Long-Term Services and Supports Provisions in Health Reform(Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Council on Aging, 3/1/2010

  • Financing Health Reform – Fees and Taxes

Will health care reform raise my taxes?, Consumer Reports, 2/23/2010
- Kevin McCarthy

Report Says Heath Care Will Cover More, Cost More, Associated Press, 4/23/2010


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