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Health Care Reform Signed into Law

After more than a year of speculation and debate, a goal that has eluded Presidents and Congress alike for nearly 100 years is finally a reality! Meaningful health care reform has now passed into law! On Thursday, March 25, 2010, by a vote of 56-43, the Senate passed HR 4872 (The Health Care & Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010), which makes important revisions to the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, March 23rd. Because the bill passed with changes to ensure conformity with Congressional rules, it had to go back to the House for one more vote. The House passed the bill, 220-207, and that vote at long last marked the finalization of this health care reform saga.

HR 3590 (The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) already signed by President Obama can be viewed by clicking on the bill title.

What’s in this bill?

While this legislation isn’t perfect, it is ensures affordability, access and a reduction in cost – fundamentals of health care reform. The bill covers more than 32 million uninsured Americans, prevents denials of coverage for pre-existing conditions and expands Medicaid eligibility. The bill also sets up new insurance exchanges, closes the Medicare "doughnut hole” for prescription drug coverage and allows children to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26. The demand for nurses and their services will increase as more people gain health insurance, and emphasis on primary care and prevention increases.

Federal Health Reform and Oregon

How does the Federal Health Reform legislation intersect with the Health Reform efforts currently underway in Oregon? Click on the links below for analysis from Oregon’s newly created Oregon Health Authority.

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