Signed into law in March 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most sweeping health care legislation passed by Congress since the adoption of Medicare in the 1960s. The precise impact of ACA will continue to be shaped by new rules and guidance developed by the federal agencies in support of the law.
Some provisions of ACA, including insurance market reforms, such as increased access for dependents and the prohibition of lifetime limits on coverage, have already impacted health care benefits. Other provisions, such as requiring all Americans to obtain health care coverage and the establishment of insurance exchanges, will not take effect until 2014 and beyond.
At Aetna, we are committed to complying with health care law and to helping you understand its impact. The summaries and questions and answers throughout this site are provided for informational purposes only. They should not be construed as, or relied upon, as legal or any other advice. Employers should consult with their own legal counsel for a comprehensive explanation of the rules and the proper application of these rules to their particular situation.
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Key 2014 impacts of ACA provisions.
ACA impacts on individuals.
ACA impacts on small employers.
ACA impacts on large employers.
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Annual and Lifetime Limits
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