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The Affordable Care Act makes significant investments into improving the health of our nation and controlling health care costs. The law strengthens the health insurance coverage most people already have, while enabling small businesses to provide affordable coverage to their employees, and providing affordable health insurance coverage to the millions of people who currently lack it.
The law includes the Patient’s Bill of Rights, which will end the most egregious abuses of insurance companies and ensure that everyone can get insurance coverage and, most importantly, know it will always be there when they need it. And, it includes important provisions to expand our health care workforce, training our next generation of doctors, nurses, and allied-health professionals. It will also make it easier to access preventive health care services by eliminating co-pays for important recommended screenings such as those for heart disease or cervical cancer. For seniors, the law closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and extends the financial solvency of the Medicare program by cracking down on waste fraud and abuse. Finally, the bill is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to lower the deficit by over $140 billion over the next 10 years.
These are just a few examples of how the Affordable Care Act will make the country healthier in the long run reduce costs. Below you can find several fact sheets with additional details, and you can also get the latest information on how the bill will help you by visiting HealthCare.gov.
The Top Five Things You Need to Know
Information for Consumers and Small Businesses
The Affordable Care Act at Two Years