The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" or ACA) is the major health care reform bill passed into law on March 23, 2010. It was amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. This guide is meant to give an overview of some sources for materials to research ongoing issues about PPACA.
The video below, "Health Reform Hits Main Street," is a very basic overview of the reforms in PPACA from the Kaiser Family Foundation. For more detail on the basics in plain language, see the Commonwealth Fund's excellent overview What Will Happen Under Health Reform--and What's Next? If you just want a simple timeline of when provisions will be implemented, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions prepared one in December 2011. For Californians, the California Healthcare Foundation has a guide to how PPACA will impact California.
Supreme Court: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ET AL. v. SEBELIUS decison
Health Affairs Conference: After the Supreme Court Ruling
On July 17, the journal Health Affairs hosted a day long conference on the implementation of PPACA in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling.
Health Reform Bracketology
Analysis about how the recent elections might impact the implementation of health reform, by consulting firm Leavitt Partners panel of experts.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Public Laws and Bill Summaries
Challenges to PPACA's Constitutionality: Supreme Court
Oral argument before the Supreme Court was held March 26-27th, 2012. An interactive timeline of the major cases is available in Gregory D. Curfman, Brendan S. Abel, and Renée M. Landers' article Supreme Court Review of the Health Care Reform Law, available at the New England Journal of Medicine's website.
Challenges to PPACA's Constitutionality: Other Courts
Challenges to PPACA's Constiutionality: Penalty Provisions for Businesses over 50 FTE
Suit is challenging the penalties on businesses with more than 50 full time employees that do not provide health insurance. Suit is docket number 13-cv-01318 (S.D. Texas).
Challenge to IRS Implementing Regulations
Challenges to PPACA's Constiutionality: AAPS
The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons is challenging the penalty for employers with more than 50 employees and regulations that do not allow Medicare coverage for services ordered by physicians who do not have Medicare provider numbers. Suit is docket number 10-cv-00499 (D.D.C.).
Challenges to PPACA's Constitutionality: Birth Control Mandate
Dockets for all cases are available to students and faculty through Bloomberg Law. Please ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about accessing the dockets.
Books on PPACA held at UCLA Law Library
Selected Catalog Subject Headings:
- United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- United States. Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.