The Health Reform Law Two Years Later

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March 23, 2012

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Millions of Texans already benefiting as the Supreme Court considers the law

March is a big month for the Affordable Care Act or the health reform law. March 23rd marks the health reform law’s second anniversary. The health reform law will not be fully implemented until 2014, but many provisions are already in effect and benefiting millions of Texans. From March 26-28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear legal arguments challenging the constitutionality of the health reform law. Their ruling is expected in late June. We can’t know the final outcome of the case yet, but several lower courts and leading conservative judges have upheld the law.

With the 2nd anniversary and the court case’s arguments just days apart, the health reform law is sure to get plenty of attention this month. That makes March a good time to reflect on where Texas stands with respect to implementation and take stock of the many ways Texans are already benefiting from the law—benefits that would be lost if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.