Health Care Reform consists of two separate but related laws.
This section summarizes various key provisions and provides the
full text of the legislation.
The first law, Public Law (P.L.) 111-148, the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act, includes the majority of the
provisions known as “health care reform,” and was previously
known as H.R. 3590, or the Senate Bill. The second law, P.L.
111-152, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of
2010, amends P.L. 111-148. Together, these two laws are known as
federal health care reform.
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on
the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law March
26-28, 2012. The court will discuss several issues, including tax
laws and timing of the Affordable Care Act implementation, the
individual mandate, whether severability applies, and the
constitutionality of the Medicaid
expansion. Contact: Anne McLeod, (916)