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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The comprehensive federal health reform law enacted on March 23, 2010. The law – upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 – represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The text of the law expands Medicaid eligibility to include all individuals and families with incomes up to 133% of the poverty level, and simplifies the enrollment process. In addition, low-income individuals and families will receive federal subsidies on a sliding scale if they choose to purchase insurance via their state health exchange. Provisions also include the testing of innovative payment and delivery models for Medicaid and Medicare. Read a full description of the law »