And what a year it has been. Between negotiations, legal challenges and an uncertain future, the government continues to look forward and implement the new law -- as some of it already has been, including:
- banning insurance companies from denying coverage to children with health problems, dropping coverage for policyholders who get very sick or putting lifetime dollar limits on benefits;allowing young adults to stay on their parents' policies until age 26;offering access to health insurance for people whose medical conditions make them otherwise uninsurable;
- giving small businesses tax credits to help them insure employees;
- providing many free tests and screenings in Medicare;
- issuing $250 checks to everybody who fell into the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" in 2010;
But it's unknown whether this will change or not. Check out more about the current status of the law, its history and what might be to come.