Health Care Overhaul


President Barack Obama signed the sweeping Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Since then, the law has withstood various legal assaults, including one leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme opinion affirming the law's constitutionality.

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  • Promises, promises: 'Obamacare' still a tall order to fill
    The issue: Health care was the defining political battle of President Barack Obama's first term, and -- after the economy -- it remains his most complicated policy challenge at home, central to his place in history. Fixing the system is a tall order as "Obamacare's" major coverage expansion takes effect this year and next.March 28, 2013
  • Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas
    Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.March 21, 2013
  • Minnesota's health insurance exchange: What's next?
    Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law the contentious health insurance exchange bill that was approved by the House and Senate. The legislation creates a new online marketplace where more than one million Minnesotans will obtain health insurance starting in October. But that's only the beginning of the exchange story. Here are several next steps to watch for as the health exchange takes shape.March 20, 2013
  • Dayton signs health exchange law, creating 'MNSURE'
    Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed into law historic and controversial legislation enacting the centerpiece of President Obama's health care overhaul. Starting in October, more than a million Minnesotans, including 300,000 who are uninsured, will be able to take advantage of a new marketplace for health insurance.March 20, 2013
  • Health exchange bill passes Minn. Senate; heads to Dayton's desk
    The Minnesota Senate has passed a health exchange bill on a party-line vote; 39 Democrats voted for the bill and 28 Republicans voted against. Following Gov. Mark Dayton's signature of the bill, Minnesota will become one of at least 17 states that develop and run their own exchanges.March 18, 2013
  • Abortion restrictions cut from health exchange bill
    Abortion restrictions have been cut from a final version of the health insurance exchange bill set for a full House vote on Thursday. The legislation will impact how more than a million Minnesotans obtain health coverage, starting in October.March 14, 2013
  • Insurers warn of overhaul-induced sticker shock
    Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.March 13, 2013
  • Minnesota Senate, following House, passes health insurance exchange bill
    The Minnesota Senate on Thursday night passed legislation creating an online health insurance marketplace that's slated to be up and running by October.March 8, 2013
  • Minn. GOP vows to slow health exchange bill
    Republicans say they will offer about 100 amendments to an insurance exchange bill when the Minnesota Senate debates it Thursday.March 6, 2013
  • Health exchange passes Minn. House; amendment restricts abortion coverage
    The DFL-controlled Minnesota House has passed a key part of the Obama administration's health care law -- a state-based health insurance exchange -- by a 72 to 58 vote, largely along party line.March 5, 2013
  • Feds award Minn. $45M Medicaid grant
    The federal government has awarded Minnesota $45 million to serve as a model testing site to lower taxpayer costs and improve the quality of care for Medicaid patients.February 21, 2013
  • Total cost of health insurance now on W2s
    Workers at larger employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year.February 14, 2013
  • Report: Health care overhaul would reduce hospitals' costs
    In 2011, uncompensated care cost hospitals $308 million, and without the federal Affordable Care Act it would grow to about $319 million by 2016, said the report issued Wednesday by the health department's Health Economics Program.February 7, 2013
  • Minn. med-tech companies pushing to end device tax
    The med-tech industry complains a new tax, part of the federal health care overhaul, creates an unfair and unwise burden that'll impede innovation and kill jobs.February 1, 2013
  • Webcams connect pharmacists to immobile Minn. seniors
    Virtual visits with pharmacists may become more common under the federal health care overhaul.January 31, 2013

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The health care overhaul coverage team:


Elizabeth Stawicki, JD, Reporter
Elizabeth Stawicki

Elizabeth Stawicki, JD, covers health care reform for MPR News. Her reporting often appears nationally as part of collaboration between MPR/Kaiser Health News/NPR called, "Health Care in the States."

Catharine Richert, Reporter
Catharine Richert

Catharine Richert covers politics and health care for MPR News, and writes PoliGraph, a fact-checking feature that gets behind the spin in Minnesota politics.

Bill Catlin, Editor
Bill Catlin

Bill Catlin is an editor responsible for directing MPR News' business, economics, and Affordable Care Act coverage.