View the timeline below for an overview of the Affordable Care Act's major provisions or use the "Find Health Reform Provisions" tool to search for specific provisions by year, category, and/or stakeholder group.  Also see related Commonwealth Fund content and links to regulations as they become available.

NEW: Final rule on essential health benefits

A PDF version of this timeline is available here.

Major Provisions of the Affordable Care Act


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, available at

The Health Care & Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, available at; Summary and other supporting documents available at


The Commonwealth Fund thanks Katie Horton, R.N., M.P.H., J.D., Carole Johnson, Mary Beth Harty, and Taylor Burke, J.D., of George Washington University’s Center for Health Policy Research for their assistance in analyzing and interpretating the ACA provisions.