Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to reform the US health care system. The act, which is based on the Massachusetts model set in motion by 2012 presidential hopeful Romney, is designed to ensure that most Americans receive access to affordable and quality health care. A week later, Congress passed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which amended some of the provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The plan will be rolled out over a decade and include many changes to which individuals, employers, and insurance companies must adhere or face penalties. In 2010 some changes took effect that include provisions such as requiring insurance companies to extend dependent coverage up to age 26. They must also provide insurance for children with pre- existing conditions—the requirement will extend to adults in 2014—and they cannot deny coverage to those with severe illnesses such as cancer. Other changes that are set to take place by 2014 include the elimination of deductibles and co-payments for preventive services such as colonoscopies, mammograms, and cancer screenings. The law has many critics, however, and faces many hurdles before it is fully put into place.
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Health Care Issues.” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Opp osing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.
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