"Even the man in the street is aware that every important reform in the past 75 years
has been resisted and assailed as an infringement of individual liberty."
– Justice Harlan F. Stone, 1934
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers have important new health insurance protections. Health Reform Central was created to help advocates and consumers understand the new law and the rights and protections that will benefit all Americans.
The Supreme Court - After hearing arguments on the legality of the individual mandate and the Medicaid provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the Court ruled that the law is constitutional. For more resources and materials, see Supreme Court Watch.
In Congress - On March 29, the House passed their 2013 budget proposal with a near party line vote of 228-191. Just like the 2012 House Republican budget, it signals a huge step backwards. The budget proposal extends tax breaks for the rich while transforming Medicare to a voucher program, restructuring Medicaid into a block grant, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. For more about how the Republican budget proposal will affect Medicaid, Medicaid, and other health programs, visit Health Care Faces the Budget Ax Again in 2012.
What's in Health Reform Central?
Protections in Place as of September 23, 2010
The New Health Reform Law
- Text of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010"
- Other official documents
Understanding the New Law
- Overview materials on specific aspects of the legislation
- Messaging materials
Implementing the New Law
- Implementation information for states
- Technical materials on implementation
Regulations and Guidance
- Links to regulations and guidance
Roadblocks to Implementation
- Supreme Court
- Tracking repeal and nullification efforts
- Legal arguments and context
- Tools for advocates
- Responding to attacks
From the States
- Interactive state map with state-specific info and resources
- Families USA materials pertaining to the health care law
How We Got Here
- Links to the materials developed in 2009