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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly referred to as the ACA, was signed into law in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

The four main objectives of the Act are:

  • Stronger Consumer Rights and Protections
  • More Affordable Coverage
  • Better Access to Care
  • Stronger Medicare



NAHIC Resources on The ACA

NAHIC has taken leadership in highlighting the ACA’s implications for adolescents and young adults. NAHIC has created and shared information through issuing and co-authoring briefs, as well as reaching a wide audience through conference presentations, interviews and webinars.


Protecting Adolescent Confidentiality under Health Care Reform (June 2014)

Sensitive Health Care Services in the Era of Electronic Health Records: Challenges and Opportunities in Protecting Confidentiality for Adolescents and Young Adults (September 2014)

Realizing the Dream for Californians Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): A Two-Part Series on the DACA-Eligible Population in California (March 2014)

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults? (January 2014)

A Shifting Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York(December 2012)

The Supreme Court ACA Decision: What Happens Now for Adolescents and Young Adults? (November 2012)

Access to Health Care for Young Adults: The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is Making a Difference. (March 2012)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: How Does it Help Adolescents and Young Adults(August 2010)

Presentations, Interviews, Webinars, and More

NAHIC’s Claire Brindis presented during a webcast entitled “Implementing the Affordable Care Act for Adolescents and Young Adults: Practical Considerations.” Her presentation examined issues how expanded health insurance provisions impact confidentiality for adolescents and young adults. The presentation can be viewed here.

NAHIC’s Jane Park presented at the 6th Biennial Conference hosted by the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood. Her presentation highlighted the impact of the ACA on emerging adults, and can be accessed here: What does Obamacare mean for emerging adults? (October 2013)

NAHIC’s Jane Park reviewed issues in health and healthcare for youth transitioning out of adolescence, as well as young adults’ health care utilization and access before the ACA was enacted in 2010. Click here to access the presentations from Ms. Park and the other speakers: Affordable Care Act and Youth Webcast. (May 2013)

NAHIC consultant Abigail English recently presented at the Institute of Medicine on the Impact of the ACA on young adult health. To view her slides, please click here. To view a recording of her presentation, please click here. (May 2013)

NAHIC faculty member Claire Brindis recently spoke in an interview about the impact of the ACA on School-Based Health Programs. Her interview can be heard here: California’s School-Based  Health Centers See Promise, Challenges in the Affordable Care Act (April 2013)

NAHIC ‘s Jane Park wrote an article on the ACA for the Pulse newsletter for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. The article appeared in the March/April 2013 Pulse, which focuses on adolescence. The article highlights ACA implications for adolescents and young adults and suggests next steps for State Title V/Maternal and Child Health Programs. You can access the article here.

NAHIC consultant Abigail English gave an interview about the implications of the ACA on homeless and runaway youth. A transcript of her interview can be read here:
What does the Affordable Care Act mean for Runaway and Homeless Youth (March 2013)

NAHIC’S Claire Brindis and Jane Park presented a workshop on the ACA at the 2013 Meeting of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Professionals (AMCHP). Check back soon for those  presentations. Ms. Park also spoke at AMCHP’s pre-conference Institute on Adolescent and Young Adult Health. To view the pre-conference handouts, please click hereAMCHP 2013 Handouts (February 2013)


More Resources

healthcare.gov :: A federal government website run by the Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare.gov is a consumer resource for finding health care information for individuals, families, and small businesses.

Kaiser Family Foundation :: The Kaiser Family Foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. This resource provides basic facts and numbers, in-depth policy research, information for consumers of all ages, and more.

statereforum.org :: State Refor(u)m is a user-generated online resource to assist states as they tackle the implementation challenges and opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act.

National Conference of State Legislatures :: NCSL is a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

National Institute on Health Care Management Research and Education Foundation :: The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that conducts research on health care issues. The Foundation offers many resources, including a webinar series, Transforming the Health Care Landscape, that examines the implications of health care reform and other issues related to policy and health care plan innovations. The webinar series can be viewed here.