Get the Facts
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as the Affordable Care Act or simply the ACA) has faced skepticism and criticism from many, but few Americans truly understand what is in the law. This landmark health reform law contains many provisions that will help ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities. Here, AUCD offers facts about the law and its implementation. Each week, new facts will be posted and highlighted in our weekly policy newsletter Legislative News In Brief.
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The ACA ensures affordable coverage is available to all through a state-based competitive marketplace.
The ACA extends Medicaid and CHIP coverage to encompass a broader range of individuals, including people with disabilities.
The Affordable Care Act protects your choice of doctors and out-of-network emergency services.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating based on health status or condition.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits lifetime and annual limits on coverage.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to sell and renew health policies to any qualified applicants regardless of health status or disability.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from canceling coverage for mistakes made on applications.
The ACA addresses the current problems of lack of accessible medical and mobility equipment.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover dependent children up to age 26 on their parents' plans.
The ACA ensures most individuals are enrolled in a health plan that covers their basic minimum needs.
The Affordable Care Act requires many insurers to cover certain preventive services at no cost to consumers, including autism and developmental screenings for children.
The Affordable Care Act ensures all health plans include a comprehensive set of services and items known as the "essential health benefits."
The ACA creates the first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving public health in the U.S.
The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to provide clear, understandable information about their benefits and coverage.
The Affordable Care Act ensures an internal and external appeals process for consumers who are denied coverage.
The Affordable Care Act protects against unreasonable increases in premiums.
The ACA creates a national long-term care insurance program to enhance independent community living.
The ACA administers funding to states to focus on chronic disease prevention and healthy communities.
The Affordable Care Act ensures that at least 80% of premium dollars are spent on medical care and improving health care quality.
The ACA offers an insurance plan for those denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
The ACA promotes wellness and health promotion programs in the workplace.
The ACA addresses health disparities for individuals with disabilities.
The ACA supports training programs for direct care workers employed in long-term care settings.
The ACA provides training on various initiatives to reduce health disparities and ensure quality access to community-based services.
The ACA provides capacity building for primary care physicians in the field of family medicine.
The ACA supports implementation of a variety of initiatives relating to oral health prevention and access.
The ACA simplifies the electronic exchange of information.