The Best Resources on the Internet about the Healthcare Law

The resources and links below are our recommendations from some of the best policy organizations and media outlets that provide up-to-date information on the new law, as well as help you understand how the benefits of health reform apply to you.

The Big Picture on the Healthcare Law

Healthcare Scorecard: While many of the provisions of the 2010 healthcare law don't take effect until 2014, some significant changes have kicked in since the law passed two years ago. Check it out at the Kaiser News Network.

At the Kaiser Family Foundation's website, an interactive timeline allows you to see all of the provisions of the healthcare law that will be implemented over the next several years. This timeline can be customized by checking and unchecking specific topics. has an amazing wealth of information on the healthcare law that's frequently updated. The site lists and links to 5,600 insurance plans offered by more than 1,000 companies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Attacks on the Healthcare Law

At a time when American businesses are struggling and families are hurting, experts have found that the healthcare law will decrease our deficit and create millions of new jobs by reducing the costs of health care for employers, allowing them to expand their workforce.

* Families USA also has a section on their website with up-to-date information addressing efforts to repeal the law or block its implementation. Check it out here.

Additional Online Resources

Provisions of the Law

The first changes under The Affordable Care Act took effect on September 23, 2010, six months after the bill was signed. Additional provisions went into effect on January 1, 2011 and there are many more to come over the next several years.

This animated video from Kaiser Family Foundation explains the changes that are happening now thanks to the healthcare law, and what changes we can expect in 2014.

The Healthcare Law Hits Main Street

The Healthcare Law and You

Seniors and Retirees details how the Affordable Care Act that will bring historic improvements to the quality and safety of care for seniors and persons with disabilities, expand the long term care workforce, and result in the most comprehensive federal effort ever to fight elder abuse.

The Alliance for Retired Americans has extensive information on their website on how seniors and retirees will benefit from reform will receive tremendous benefits from the new health reform law.

Medicare Benefits

Thanks to reform, the doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage will gradually close over the next decade.

  • The Alliance for Retired Americans has a factsheet (PDF) on how closing the prescription drug coverage gap will help our nation's 46 million elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries.
  • The Center for American Progress (CAP) has an online report on Medicare savings here.

Patient Care

Medicaid and the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Medicare's Hospital Compare website has an online tool that enables you to check up on the quality and safety of care at your local hospital, including infection rates.

Primary Care: A January 4, 2011 issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund explores how the Affordable Care Act will begin to address the neglect of America's primary care system and estimates the possible effects these efforts will have on patients, providers and payers.

  • Download the PDF brief here.

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