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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the bitterly contested healthcare reform bill, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). PPACA represents the largest change to the healthcare system in the United States since the passage of Medicare in 1964 and Medicaid in 1965. Most of the provisions in the law will not go into effect until January 1, 2014. Other provisions take effect during the interim. The next few years of the development of policies to implement the new law are critical. IDF is monitoring the new policies and where necessary will be raising the voice of the PI patient community to make sure that our "zebras" are not left out in the cold.

Periodically, IDF will post on this page, analyses of various provisions and the status of implementation. Some of the posted provisions, such as High Risk Pools, directly affect the PI the community more than others. But, all of the provisions affect everyone. As things change, the postings will reflect the changes.

Each posting contains a short summary, a status update, next steps, links to other sources of information, a long summary and legislative text.

Reports and Articles on the ACA