Health Care Reform

The health reform package is made up of two parts: a bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve, passed the House on March 21, and was signed into law by the President on March 23, and a second piece of legislation: the House’s reconciliation bill, which makes changes to the original law, passed both chambers on March 25, and was signed by the President on March 30.

Many of the provisions in the law will not take effect for several years. At the earliest, provisions that affect employer-sponsored health plans will take effect six months from the date of enactment – in late September. Even then, those early provisions will not affect plans until they renew for the next plan year.

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