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March 29, 2015

Celebrating 5 Years of the Affordable Care Act

It’s been five years since the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, became law. Since then, 16.4 million Americans have gained health insurance, and millions more are receiving federal subsidies to make their coverage more affordable. Providing access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans is no longer a distant vision; it is a reachable goal. For instance, women—who had been forced to pay higher premiums for reduced coverage before the law passed—are no longer subject to such sex discrimination, which means that almost 40 million adult women no longer have lifetime limits on their health insurance plans.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the ACA, the Center for American Progress is taking a look at key measures of the law’s impact and success. State-based fact sheets lay out ACA benefits in states such as Florida and New Hampshire; an infographic shows how women are benefiting from the ACA; and another infographic spells out five health gains that are in serious jeopardy with the U.S. Supreme Court case King v. Burwell.

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