Affordable Care Act of 2010 Highlights

  • prohibiting insurers from discriminating against individuals of any age because of pre-existing conditions;
  • forcing insurers to allow young adults up to age 26 to remain on a parent’s health insurance policy when they cannot get coverage on their own;
  • providing access to affordable healthcare coverage that may not be taken away from them due to an illness or injury;
  • providing Small Business Health Care Tax Credits to make coverage for their employees more affordable;
  • enhancing the ability of states to protect consumers from unreasonable premium hikes by insurers;
  • enacting a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that has helped put people and their doctors back in charge of their care;
  • strengthening Medicare with new benefits, new protections, and improved financial solvency for an additional 12 years;
  • fixing the Medicare prescription drug coverage “donut hole”; and,
  • investing in preventive and primary care to make sure patients have access to the doctors, hospitals and clinics they need.
To read all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, visit

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