The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law two years ago. Many of the provisions have already kicked in, but according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of Americans said they haven’t been affected by the law yet. Only 14 percent said they had benefited.
One of the most highly publicized benefits is the provision that has allowed 2.5 million young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 26. And all insurance plans have to provide preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests without deductibles or co-pays.
The law also closed the so-called “doughnut hole” for 4 million seniors in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. That’s when Medicare recipients who had paid a certain initial amount in prescription costs had to pay all of their other drug costs until they spent a total of $4,700 a year.
Here are some other highlights of the Affordable Care Act:
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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