“Health care reform” refers to a federal law called the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010.
Health care reform also includes laws passed in each state, including Pennsylvania, to support the Affordable Care Act.
To most people, health care reform means:
- New and better ways to get affordable health care coverage
- More options for receiving quality medical care
- A legal requirement to have health insurance or pay a penalty starting January 1, 2014
The only people who won’t have to buy health insurance or pay a penalty are:
- Those with certain religious beliefs
- Members of Native American tribes
- Undocumented immigrants
- Those who are in prison
- Those whose income is below a certain level