A year ago, the U.S. Senate had just passed by 60 votes a comprehensive health reform measure. It wasn’t the end of the process by a long shot, and there were moments since where the prospect of reform were greatly in doubt–most notably after the election of Republican Scott Brown to replace Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts.
But that historic Senate vote, to pass the Republican filibuster with the unanimous vote of the Democratic Senators, was as important as any other in the law’s passage, and that Senate measure served as the backbone of what finally became law.
Nine months ago, on March 23rd, President Obama signed that piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.
And since then, California have started to see the new options and new benefits from the law, from financial assistance for seniors and small businesses, to new consumer protections against insurance company abuses. More will come as of January 1, including from the laws passed as the state level.
This week, on the occasion of the nine-month mark since enactment of the ACA, Health Access released a new, updated status report on its implementation in California. We’ll go more into the progress in future posts… Needless to day, a lot has happened to improve out health system this year, and there’s a lot to do in the new year.
May you and your family have a healthy and happy holiday season!