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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Implementation of the Health Care Reform Law

This month marks one year since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-152). Not long after their passage, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthcare.gov to help people understand the new law. It provides an overview of the law, a timeline chronicling what is changing and when, and information for consumers about insurance options, preventative services, and health care quality.

Provisions of the health law also require the states to take action, but keeping up with all of the measures in each state can be difficult. To help, the National Conference of State Legislatures recently created a database to track the relevant actions of the states. The database currently includes pending, failed, and enacted bills and resolutions from 2011 on topics such as Medicaid, the health insurance exchanges, health insurance reform, and health information technology. In addition, the database provides information about state bills that oppose, opt out, or differ from portions of the federal law. The website has a separate section for 2010 legislation.

To keep up with other recent developments and news regarding the health reform law, you can also look to the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source website or the New York Times Health Care Reform page.

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