Ten Things In The Affordable Care That You (Probably) Don’t Know About


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Most people think that the purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to expand access to health insurance coverage. While reducing the number of uninsured Americans is certainly a primary goal of the ACA (and, by the way, it’s already doing just that), that’s only part of it. The health care law includes hundreds of pages that touch on a variety of issues and initiatives that have, for the most part, remained under the public’s radar. Here’s a sampling:  

1. Postpartum Depression (Sec. 2952)

Expands and intensifies research activities related to postpartum depression by encouraging the DHHS secretary to continue research to expand the understanding of the causes of, and treatments for, postpartum conditions.  The law also enables the director of the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a nationally representative longitudinal study of the relative mental health consequences for women of resolving a pregnancy in various ways.  In addition, the law authorizes appropriations…

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