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Health Reform and Beyond: Delivering Results for Children

  • Lisa A. Simpson
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, 3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 7014, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3039.
    Affiliations
    Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Simpson); Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); and Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC (Ms Rosenbaum)
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  • Mark A. Schuster
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    Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Simpson); Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); and Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC (Ms Rosenbaum)
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  • Sara Rosenbaum
    Affiliations
    Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Simpson); Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Schuster); and Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC (Ms Rosenbaum)
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      The affordable care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010.

      The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (111–148, 111th Cong., 2d sess.) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Pub. L. 111–152, 111th Cong., 2d sess.).

      Although its full impact on Americans and the American health care system will unfold over many years, it represents fundamental change for patients and health care. Many may wonder how the law affects children and the health professionals who serve them. Some of the most publicized aspects of ACA (eg, guaranteed access to parents’ coverage for children aged less than 26 years, prohibitions against coverage denials for children aged less than 19 years with preexisting conditions) will directly help children, youth, and young adults. Implications of the ACA reach far beyond these reforms. In this Commentary, we review some of the key features of the ACA “architecture” and its implications for child health care.
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