WHEELING - A majority of the changes being made to health care by the Affordable Care Act already are in place, with only a few remaining to be implemented over the next two years.
This year, the only initiative remaining is to provide additional federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. In 2014, the following changes will be made:
New Health Law
President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.
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Provisions to be
Implemented in 2014
Exchanges will have a single form for applying for health programs, including coverage through the exchanges and Medicaid and CHIP programs.
In 2015, the final change will be to improve health care quality and lower costs by "Paying Physicians Based on Value, Not Volume." According to the law, a new provision will tie physician payments to the quality of care they provide. Physicians will see their payments modified so that those who provide higher value care will receive higher payments than those who provide lower quality care. This is effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Changes made to the healthcare system to date, according to healthcare. gov, are as follows:
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The act brought about the following changes over the past several years:
Changes in 2010
Changes in 2011
Changes in 2012
Changes in 2013