The Academy's long history of supporting health care coverage for all led to its championing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ACA's 2010 enactment instituted a number of reforms meant to ensure greater access to health insurance, with its Health Insurance Marketplaces providing a comprehensive resource for consumers to research insurance plans, receive financial assistance, and purchase coverage.
Marketplace plans include protections established under the ACA, including nondiscriminatory coverage of individuals with pre-existing conditions, no lifetime coverage limits, and options for individuals to stay on a parent’s plan until age 26. In addition, all Marketplace plans are required to provide minimum levels of coverage, known as essential health benefits.
The Academy supports health care for all and strongly advocates for legislative and regulatory policy — including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CHIP, Medicaid, and Medicare — that advances the shared principles of primary care.
The AAFP's statements and positions on CHIP, which allows states to expand health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for traditional Medicaid but too low to afford private health insurance.