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Health Reform Resource Center: What's in the Affordable Care Act?

There is much more to the Affordable Care Act than has made it into news headlines or political debates. The comprehensive reform law includes provisions that will make coverage more stable and affordable for those who already have it, while extending insurance protection to those who don't. It also aims to strengthen the U.S. health system through better care coordination, payment reform, promotion of health information technology, preventive health measures, and other efforts.

The Commonwealth Fund created the Health Reform Resource Center to enable users to explore the many facets of the Affordable Care Act. There are two ways to use it: by viewing a timeline that shows the highlights of the reform law by year, with links to related Fund resources; or by using a powerful tool that enables you to search the provisions of the law by year, category, and/or stakeholder group. Search results include summaries of the provisions and related Fund content as well as estimates of health systems savings, where applicable, and federal regulations issued thus far.

The Resource Center will continue to be expanded over time to include new federal regulations and ongoing Fund analyses of the law and its impact. We welcome comments and feedback on this resource; please comment on this blog post or send an e-mail to

Visitors to the Fund's site can also read the Realizing Health Reform's Potential issue brief series, which examines the way the Affordable Care Act will benefit different groups as well as improve insurance coverage and change the delivery of care. Recent briefs look at how the law will affect women, young adults, small businesses, and those with preexisting conditions. Upcoming briefs will focus on primary care, older adults, insurance market concentration, medical homes, prescription drugs, long-term care, and other issues.

Publication Details

Publication Date: November 4, 2010

Health Reform Resource Center: What's in the Affordable Care Act?, The Commonwealth Fund Blog, October 2010.