In March 2010, the federal health care reform bill was signed into law. This included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Together these bills are referred to as The Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of this legislation is to:
- Expand coverage to uninsured Americans;
- Require individuals to purchase health insurance;
- Expand eligibility for high-risk pools and Medicaid;
- Eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions and lifetime limits;
- Establish health insurance exchanges;
- Reduce fraud in the current system; and,
- Ensure a specific portion of insurance premium is dedicated to medical expenses.
The information here is intended to keep Arkansans informed about the health care reform legislation and provide updates on the Arkansas Department of Human Service health care reform activities.