The Affordable Care Act - Understanding Health Reform
By Elizabeth Davis, About.com Guide
- Health Reform Timeline and Overview
- Health Reform Requirements and Issues
- Taxes and Health Reform
- Medicare and Health Reform
- Physicians and Health Reform
Health Reform Timeline and Overview
The timeline highlights some of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and an outline of when these requirements are scheduled to be implemented. Get details on what will happen within the first year of the law's enactment.
- Affordable Care Act – What You Should Know
- Answers to Your Questions About the Affordable Care Act
- Health Reform Timeline 2010-2014
- Health Reform Lingo - Unfamiliar Terms
- How Will Health Reform Affect Me?
- Health Reform - What's at Stake?
Health Reform Requirements and Issues
The Affordable Care Act fills more than 1,000 pages and details a set of immediate health insurance benefits along with a plan for rolling out additional benefits over a four-year period and beyond. Along with benefits for many Americans, there may be some problems along the way.
- Open Enrollment and Health Reform
- Patients Rights and Health Reform
- How Does the Affordable Care Act Address Prevention?
- Pre-Existing Conditions
- Dependent Coverage for Young Adults
- Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
- Mandate for Health Coverage
- What Is a Health Exchange?
- High-Risk Health Insurance Pools
- CLASS Act - Reform and Long Term Care
Taxes and Health Reform
Either as an individual or the owner of a small business, you may be affected by the tax provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Learn about some of the important tax-related consequences of the Affordable Care Act that have already been decided and some information of what you can expect as the legislation is fully rolled out between 2010 and 2014.
Medicare and Health Reform
The Affordable Care Act makes several changes to Medicare that most likely will improve your benefits and, depending on where you live, your access to primary care services. These changes will start this year - 2010 - and be fully phased in by 2020.
- Changes in Medicare for 2011
- Medicare Changes and Health Reform
- Medicare Improvements in the Affordable Care Act
- Medical Errors and Health Reform
Physicians and Health Reform
The Affordable Care Act includes mandatory health coverage for people without health insurance. Adding more than 30 million newly insured people into our health system will make the shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) worse. There will be many more patients and a lot fewer primary care physicians!