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Following Historic House Vote, President Signs Health Reform Bill into Law
President Obama signed health care reform legislation into law on Tuesday following an historic vote by the House of Representatives to approve the reform bill passed by the Senate in December. The President is expected to sign into law early next week companion legislation that includes critical changes to the new law.
Among the “fixes” in the companion bill, are: more generous premium credits to make coverage more affordable for lower income individuals; closure of the Medicare Part D coverage gap; and a two-year increase in Medicaid payment rates up to Medicare levels for primary care providers. The Medicaid payment increase is limited to primary care services provided by family medicine physicians, internists, and pediatricians. HIVMA will work hard to expand this provision.
The final health care reform package meets many of HIVMA’s principles for health care reform and makes progress toward others by expanding access to affordable health coverage; strengthening protections in the private market; addressing critical medical workforce issues; investing in prevention and public health; and making prescription drugs more affordable under Medicare Part D. This chart provides a more detailed analysis of how the final health care reform measure stacks up against HIVMA’s principles.
The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared an implementation timeline for key components of the new law. This and other tools are available from the Health Reform Gateway section of their website.
HIVMA will now turn attention to the numerous implementation issues that will be important for HIV treatment and prevention.
Read HIVMA's press statement commending Congress on passage of historic landmark health care reform legislation.