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Affordable Care Act Provisions for Health Care Providers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the most consequential piece of health care legislation in decades and remains deeply controversial among the American public more than two years after becoming law. Even though some individuals have strongly held opinions about the law, much of the public still has a relatively poor understanding what reforms are in the ACA. Yet, educating the public about the ACA is critical to its success because its reforms affect many people in a variety of significant ways.

Health care providers are one of the communities that the ACA will substantially affect. The law establishes both new requirements for certain providers and a number of new opportunities for the health care workforce. To take advantage of these opportunities and to be key partners in the effort to improve health care in the U.S., it will be critical for providers to be knowledgeable about these changes. This brief outlines the major elements of the ACA that focus on providers and explains the effects that the reforms are designed to achieve.

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