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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Resources: Introduction to the Law

House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing: PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose?

Documents about the hearing, including witnesses' written testimony, are available on the Committee's website.

Employer Mandate Pushed Back One Year

Kaiser Family Foundation on State Health Insurance Exchanges

Kaiser Family Foundation panel on the status of State Exchanges.

Samantha Artiga, Associate Director Kaiser Family Foundation, Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Kathleen Westcoat, President and Chief Executive Officer HealthCare Access Maryland
Niki King,  Chief Operating Officer Access to Healthcare Network (Nevada)
Manny Lopes, Chief Executive Officer East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President Kaiser Foundation, Health Policy


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.

Consumer Guides

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. 

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.