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The Affordable Care Act

A Giant Step Toward Insurance Coverage for All Americans

By Sarah Somers & Jane Perkins

The Affordable Care Act, the health care reform legislation signed into law last spring, will change nearly all aspects of the U.S. health care system. The law’s reforms will make health insurance coverage much more accessible and expand public programs, especially Medicaid. While everyone will be required to have coverage, low- and moderate-income families will receive tax credits to help them pay insurance premiums. However, many details of the law’s implementation are yet to be determined, and opponents are already challenging the law in federal court.

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