On March 23, 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Despite multiple legal challenges regarding its constitutionality, the PPACA - also known as “Obamacare” - remains in effect today.
Within a month of its signing, Medicare and Medicaid were expanded to cover more of the 46 million uninsured Americans, including those who couldn’t buy coverage due to preexisting conditions. In September of 2010, young adults under the age of 26 were allowed back on their parent’s health insurance plan, extending coverage for one of the most uninsured groups of Americans. In that same month, annual and lifetime limits for care were banned. In 2011, funding was provided for new health care centers and payments for providers in rural areas. Seniors started to receive free preventive care and improved care after they left the hospital. In 2012, the contraceptive mandate went into effect, increasing access to care for millions of America women. You can see a full timeline of the ACA’s benefits here.
Has your life changed - positively or negatively - since the Affordable Care Act went into effect? We want to hear your stories!
How has your life been affected by the Affordable Care Act in the past three years?