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ACA a mix of current and future provisions


The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010, made sweeping reforms to health-care coverage in the United States. Many provisions of the law have already taken effect. A number of other provisions are scheduled to take effect in subsequent years, including the requirement that most Americans and legal residents have qualifying health insurance (exceptions apply) or pay a penalty in the form of a tax.

Here’s a summary of some of the important provisions that are already in place, and those that are on their way by 2014.

In effect now

• Children can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

• Payment of $250 rebate to Medicare Part D benefici...

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