Major Health Care Law Signed

2010

President Barack Obama signs landmark health care legislation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that all individuals have health insurance beginning in 2014. Those with low and middle incomes who do not have access to affordable coverage through their jobs will be able to buy coverage with federal subsidies. Health plans cannot deny coverage for any reason, including a person’s health status, nor can they charge more because of a person’s health or sex.