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) 552-7536, firstname.lastname@example.org.