Timeline of health care overhaul

  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 8:03 PM

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, and others, look on as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

March 23, 2010: Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Democrats hail an achievement their party pursued for more than 50 years — individuals’ right to health care.


Fall 2010: During open enrollment, most health insurance plans begin offering coverage to people as old as 26 on a parent’s policy. It expanded coverage to more than 3 million people. Plans also begin covering preventive services.


Nov. 2, 2010: Democrats lose control of the House in midterm congressional elections. Republicans campaigned on a vow to “repeal and replace” the law.


Jan. 19, 2011: The Republican-led House votes to repeal the law, but the drive falters in the Senate.


Jan. 31, 2011: Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson rules that the law is unconstitutional.


April 5, 2011: Congress votes to repeal an unpopular tax requirement in the law that would have forced millions of businesses to file tax forms for every vendor selling them more than $600 in goods.


June 21, 2011: The Obama administration says it will fix glitch that would have let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor. The fix saves about $13 billion over 10 years.


Summer 2011: Seniors hitting Medicare’s prescription drug coverage gap start getting a 50 percent discount on brand name medications. In 2011, the typical senior in the gap saved $600 on bills averaging $1,500.


Aug. 1, 2011: Sebelius says most plans will have to cover birth control for women, free of charge. Available in 2013.


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