The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Roundup


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; as a person partaking in the national Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was implemented as part of the package, I see today as a day to celebrate.

So let’s take a closer look at the PPACA, shall we?

Here’s the .gov link to the actual law’s major provisions in chronological order. On that same site is the PDF of the full law, the law by section, and all kinds of other info’s you might like to put your eyeballs on:

Find insurance options per-state.

What the act did to protect women.

And my personal favorite, The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) per-state options.

Also, here’s a direct link to the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) site.

The White House blog answers a button of frequently asked questions.

Here’s a cool site that debunks the banter of pundits, “misinformed” politicians and confused folks alike.

I’ll even throw in the Wikipedia page, which actually does a nice job covering the law.

Insurance is not for healthy people. It’s to insure for future times, the bad times, the sniffles, the broken arm, the “hey where did that spot that looks kinda like a unicorn come from” times. Those. Those are the moments we are “insuring” against. In many states it is part of federal law that the only way to buy a home is to provide many types of insurance: fire, flood, earthquake. Often the only way to legally drive a car is if it is insured. Why? Is the life of your fellow American worth less then your home on the range or your Ford truck?

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