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Health Reform Legislation Information

The federal law generally referred to as the health care reform law is actually made up of two statutes: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA). The acts create programs that will be phased in over the next decade.

The health care reform law focuses primarily on insurance reform. The law will require nearly universal health insurance coverage, prohibit various limits on health insurance coverage, require employers with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance coverage, create state health insurance exchanges, expand Medicaid and eliminate the "donut hole" in Medicare Part D prescription medicine coverage.

This page provides information summarizing the federal health reform legislation, providing a big picture view of the financial costs, and offering information on some states' efforts to organize and plan for the law's implementation.