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What Employers Should Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Author: Jayne Zanglein, Western Carolina University

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), often referred to as Health Care Reform, was enacted to establish near universal health care in the United States. In order to achieve this, Congress had to:

  • Implement insurance market reforms;
  • Establish health care exchanges;
  • Expand Medicaid;
  • Create incentives to deliver quality healthcare and coordinate medical treatment among doctors;
  • Increase consumption of preventative care;
  • Require transparency; and
  • Establish minimum standards for health insurance policies.