Highlights of the health law
What has already happened due to the Affordable Care Act? Here's a timeline of the biggest additions since its inception:
Prohibited denying coverage of children due to preexisting conditions.
Offered first round of relief for 4 million seniors in the Medicare prescription drug "doughnut hole" where payments rise dramatically. Gap is fully covered by 2020.
Allowed young adults to stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26 years old.
Provided free preventive care for seniors, such as annual wellness visits.
Enrollment in the insurance marketplaces opens Oct. 1. It goes on for six months.
First plans take effect on Jan. 1. Tax credits are provided to help more people afford insurance.
Medicaid is expanded on Jan. 1 to cover millions of lower-income Americans in states that accepted the expansion. (New Jersey yes; Pennsylvania, not yet.)
Prohibits insurers from refusing to sell coverage or renew policies due to a preexisting condition.
Source: Department of Health and Human Services