The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a health care reform law enacted in March 2010. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The ACA has been the most all-inclusive reform of healthcare in the United States. It is the first time that the government has mandated health insurance. The ACA has significantly expanded public insurance, both Medicare and Medicaid. The government also provides payment assistance for individuals who seek their own health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. While the poor has benefited the most, the middle class have been forced to make major adjustments to the amounts they pay monthly, in addition to increased deductibles. The Affordable Care Act has had many changes since its implementation. It has not lacked in controversy. According to HealthCare.gov, some of the goals for the ACA are: to provide affordable insurance to everyone; provide ways for the poor and uninsured to be covered at an affordable rate through tax credits and expanded Medicaid programs; to provide advanced medical care designed to lower the costs of healthcare for everyone. This paper provides a discussion of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. It will provide important objectives such as: the coverage of the act, eliminating pre-existing conditions rules, and the affordability of coverage, including coverage for the poor. It will also provide the benefits for women, children, young adults in college, as well as the care provided, such as preventive care and mental health.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Mr. G. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

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