From WID's Employment Matters Newsletter: In late March of 2010, the U.S. Congress finished passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). Soon after, President Obama signed these pieces of legislation into law, creating Public Law 111-148 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and Public Law 111-152 (the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010). Together, these laws are commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
These laws will result in significant reform of our nation’s health care system, including extending health care coverage to many more millions of Americans.
The changes in the new laws do not all happen immediately, but will take effect over a period of years, through 2019. We are providing this timeline, showing when major reforms are expected to take effect, so that you can prioritize what to focus on first. This tool is designed to give more detailed information about changes that are coming soon, while briefly summarizing the changes you can expect down the road.
We will update this timeline periodically and share more information on the reforms as it becomes available.
Changes Important for People with Disabilities
Many changes brought about by these new laws are of particular significance to people with disabilities. Read more about the Act's Implementation Timeline for Major Health Care Reforms in the Employment Matters Newsletter.