Health Reform

Curated by Kelly J. Rooney, J.D., M.P.H.
Associate Managing Editor

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as health reform or Obamacare, enacted in March 2010, was the culmination of more than 70 years of attempts by the federal government to expand health care access and coverage.

The ACA—which is actually comprised of two laws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), enacted March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA) (P.L. 111-152), enacted March 30, 2010— was the result of an unusual and highly controversial legislative process. The ACA has implemented over 1,000 pages of regulations and has significantly impacted access to and coverage of care.

The future of health reform is uncertain considering President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace the ACA, but big changes are possible for Medicare, Medicaid, FDA regulations, and other health care reform made under the ACA. Stay tuned for updates from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory during the start of the new Presidential Administration.