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http://www.jcimjournal.com/articles/publishArticles/pdf/S2095-4964(14)60035-2.pdf

Fan AY. “Obamacare” covers fifty-four million Americans for acupuncture as Essential Healthcare Benefit. J Integr Med. 2014; 12(4): 390-393

“Obamacare” is the informal and most-used term for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the ACA represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the United States healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965[1]. This healthcare reform has already begun, with the open enrollment for the first year of the ACA’s healthcare exchange marketplace ending on March 31, 2014. “Obamacare” was enacted with the goals of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance, lowering the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reducing the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government[1]. The ACA introduced a number of mechanisms, such as mandates, subsidies, and insurance exchanges that are meant to increase the coverage and affordability of healthcare. The new healthcare law also requires that insurance companies guarantee coverage for all applicants that fit within new minimum standards and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or gender to all applicants. Additional health care reforms are aimed at reducing the cost of healthcare through additional mechanisms such as increasing competition, regulations, and incentives to streamline the delivery of healthcare and move towards a quality-based rather than quantity-based system. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that improved efficiency within the healthcare system, from the new imposed regulations, will help to lower present and future deficits as well as Medicare spending[1,2].  read more at http://www.jcimjournal.com/articles/publishArticles/pdf/S2095-4964(14)60035-2.pdf

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