Timeline: Basic provisions, timeline for U.S. health law

(Reuters) – Many deadlines for implementing the law championed by President Barack Obama to expand health insurance to roughly 30 million Americans are fast approaching.

Charged with establishing many key health programs, states have been sent into overdrive to meet these deadlines, some of which had already passed by the time the measure was signed into law a year ago because of the drawn-out process Congress used to approve it.

Here are some of the law’s major provisions and when they were implemented or are set to take effect:


Several consumer protection rules took effect in September, including allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26, banning lifetime coverage limits and ending denial of coverage for children because of pre-existing health conditions.

A temporary insurance program was created to help provide coverage to “high risk” patients with pre-existing conditions.

States that opted to add low-income people and families to their Medicaid rolls who had not previously qualified received additional federal funds.

All new insurance plans were required to cover preventative services such as mammograms without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance starting in September.

Timeline: Basic provisions, timeline for U.S. health law