Wednesday, March 24, 2010

President Obama Signs Health Reform into Law

Yesterday, President Obama signed HR 3590, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" into law. The Senate-created bill was passed by the House late Sunday night by a vote of 219 to 212. 37 Democrats joined all 178 Republicans in opposing the healthcare overhaul plan.

Although Congress has essentially completed health reform, there is still one more vote that can affect the final package. The Senate will vote on HR 4872, the House's reconciliation bill this week, which proposes amendments to HR 3590 to include some of the provisions that were included in the House's original proposal, but eliminated in the Senate bill that passed in the House on Sunday.

NAMSS has provided a summary of the major provisions included in the final health reform plan. Most of the changes affect changes to the payment system and do not have a direct impact on the daily work of MSPs. However, now that health reform has passed in Congress, there is still much work to be done by the federal agencies in order to put the rules and regulations of health reform into place. The quality-focused and workforce planning initiatives assigned to the Secretary of Health and Human Services could have an impact on the work of MSPs.

To read the summary, click here:

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