The Health Law Takes Effect: A Consumer's Guide

Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: "Starting Jan. 1, central provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, allowing many uninsured Americans to afford health insurance. But the landmark law still faces heavy opposition from Republicans and from a public that remains skeptical the law can improve health care coverage while lowering its cost. The law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits. It will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors. … Here's a primer on where the law might affect you" (Carey, 1/1). Read the story.

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