Health care reform update

Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing efforts to implement state and federal health care reform continue with your health and well-being in mind.

More than two years ago, the Affordable Care Act was enacted. In June this year, the Supreme Court largely upheld the law as constitutional.

The goal of health care reform is to expand access to health coverage and improve the quality of care.

  • Beginning in 2014, an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans will have access to consistent coverage.
  • Already the law is rewarding Medicare plans based on the quality of the care they deliver, an important step toward our health care system paying on the basis of better care rather than just a higher volume of care.

Because health is important to everyone, we know the country will continue talking about the best ways to continue reforming health care. We will continue our implementation efforts while doing what we do best – focusing on prevention and total health. 

What we’ve done to implement the law

We have:

·    Increased eligibility for your dependent children until they turn 26

·    Provided access to care for children with pre-existing conditions

·    Removed cost sharing for certain preventive services

·    Removed cost sharing for annual wellness visits for seniors under Medicare

·    Removed lifetime and annual dollar limits on most benefits

We are also continually working to improve the quality of care and ensuring that we have the resources in place — physicians, nurses, and other staff, as well as the right health care facilities — to provide the care you and your family need.

There is nothing you need to do this year about health care reform except remain informed. As more changes go into effect next year and beyond, we will be sure to keep you updated.

Learn more

Want to learn more about health care reform? Visit our own reform site or one of these sites, including the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation (not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente):

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Care Reform Hits Main Street (English Version)*

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Care Reform Hits Main Street (Spanish Version)*

Healthcare.gov*

*Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external websites.

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