In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed, striking a change that would affect our health care system for years to come.
The push for health care reform is nothing new to the American public, though. Legislative reform was attempted two decades ago, but ultimately was defeated in 1993. By the end of the 1990s, about one-sixth of U.S. citizens were uninsured.
The University of Southern California Online put together a timeline infographic chronicling the evolution of health care from the 1990s through the present, and detailing some of the provisions scheduled to go into effect in the next several years.
Some key milestones to note:
- Federal and state agencies launched Operation Restore Trust to investigate fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid (1996).
- Massachusetts and Vermont passed reforms that require almost-universal health insurance coverage (2006).
- It became illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions (2010s).
- An estimated 32 million Americans receive health coverage for the first time (2014).
- Businesses with 50+ employees that don't provide health coverage will be charged a fee (2018).
Check out the infographic, below, for a look at how key elements of our health care coverage came to be.
For a larger look at the infographic, click here and click again on the image to enlarge.