Health Care Reform

On March 23, President Obama signed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (PPACA). A week later, he signed the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” (HCERA), which made changes to the PPACA. The combination of these two bills encompasses the culmination of a health reform effort that began in early 2009. Though the new health reform law has many positive aspects, children’s hospitals still face challenges to their financial viability, which impacts their ability to provide quality care. The Children's Hospital Association continues to focus on ways to strengthen children’s hospitals and ensure improved access to care for all children as health reform is being implemented. 

For more information, contact Aimee Ossman, Director, Policy Analysis, (202) 753-5333 or Jim Kaufman, Vice President, Public Policy, (202) 753-5336.

Policy Position
N.A.C.H. Principles for Children's Coverage in Health Care Reform - March 19, 2009

Key Issues in Health Reform Implementation
340B Drug Pricing

Charitable Hospital Requirements/Community Benefit



Private Coverage



Fact Sheets & Analyses
Make Health Care Reform Work for Children (Fact Sheet) - September 4, 2012

Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act (Association Summary) - July 9, 2012

Overview of Medical Home Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - September 30, 2010

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Letters & Testimony
Coalition Urges HHS Secretary Sebelius to Support Medicaid Maintenance of Effort Requirement (Coalition Letter) - March 8, 2011

An Update on the Affordable Care Act - August 2, 2013

Shaping Strategies to Implement Health Reform - November 1, 2010

The Health Reform Roller Coaster - July 15, 2010

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Overview of Health Reform
Association Health Reform Timeline - March 13, 2013

Health Reform Summary Chart - May 13, 2010

N.A.C.H. Health Reform Summary - May 13, 2010

N.A.C.H. Frequently Asked Questions on Health Care Reform - May 11, 2010

Health Reform PowerPoint Presentation Template - May 11, 2010

Additional Resources
N.A.C.H. Health Reform Principles Scorecard - June 8, 2010

Press Releases
Children’s Hospital Association Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act - June 28, 2012

N.A.C.H. Chairman Chris Dawes Speaks to Impact of Health Reform at The Atlantic Health Care Forum - April 13, 2010

Statement by N.A.C.H. President and CEO Lawrence McAndrews on Health Care Reform Package - March 19, 2010

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