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Health Care Reform 2011
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Status in Legislation:
HR 3590 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act
Signed by President Obama in March 2010
MemorialCare’s strong financial condition and reputation for quality help position us to face all challenges and opportunities posed by Health Care Reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, signed into law in March 2010 represented the most far-reaching reform to the health care industry in decades. There were almost 3,000 pages of legislation between the two bills and we are expecting tens of thousands more in new rules and regulations. While passage of the bill was very controversial, one of the most positive outcomes of the new legislation is the expanded coverage for the uninsured through increased Medi-Cal enrollment or the Insurance Coverage Exchanges. Currently, almost 32 million uninsured Americans are expected to gain coverage over the next nine years, everyone will be guaranteed access to insurance by 2014, coverage on parents’ plans will extend to children up to the age of 26 and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will broaden in 2014. Although the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives was not able to repeal the ACA they are determined and committed to defund many elements of the bill.
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