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Health Care Reform BASICS

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Known as national health care reform, the new law includes many provisions that will impact community mental health and addictions treatment providers. The National Council aims to keep you up to date on news and resources relevant to the rollout of national health care reform over the coming years. Be sure to visit our Capitol Connector blog for weekly updates on all things health care reform.

The Basics

  • Summary Chart of the Health Reform Law: This chart provides an overview of all major provisions of interest to community behavioral health providers. Updated October 2010 to include information about effective dates and levels of funding.
  • Health Reform Hits Main Street” This brief (9-minute) animated video from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the problems with the current health care system and the changes ahead under healthcare reform.
  • Implementation Tracker: View the latest updates on provisions of health reform that will soon be going into effect.
  • Full Implementation Timeline: Get details about the exact start date of each major provision that may impact community behavioral health providers.

Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs


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