• Issues And Impacts - What’s To Come Now That Federal Health Care Reform Has Been Signed into Law
  • May 4, 2010 | Author: Laura L. Katz
  • Law Firms: Saul Ewing LLP - Baltimore Office ; Saul Ewing LLP - Harrisburg Office
  • After a grueling and unpredictable year-long struggle to pass comprehensive health care reform, the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats have succeeded in enacting the most significant piece of domestic policy in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Senate’s version of health care reform, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). On March 30, 2010, the President signed into law a companion bill to PPACA, H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (“HCERA,” HCERA and PPACA are collectively referred to at times as PPACA). As a House reconciliation measure, HCERA was designed to make certain changes to PPACA so that the overall reform package could be passed by the Congress. Neither PPACA nor HCERA received any Republican votes in favor of the legislation.