Issue Brief
April 2010

A Summary of the New Health Reform Law

The Affordable Care Act will significantly change health coverage and care, bringing us closer to the goal of high-quality, affordable health insurance for all Americans. The law:

  • expands Medicaid to more low-income Americans
  • creates health insurance marketplaces (also known as "exchanges") where consumers can buy high-quality, affordable private plans
  • protects consumers by eliminating coverage denials for people with pre-existing conditions, requiring health insurance companies to spend the majority of premium dollars on health care, offering free preventive services, and more

Learn about the key provisions of the health care law and how it will improve access to health coverage and care.