path of stones

In this post, we will begin from October 2012 and continue till October 2013, the month where Obamacare finally saw the marketplaces going live. For related reading, you can take a look at the Part 1 and Part 2 of the series here.

November 2012
Obama is re-elected to a second term, dashing the Republican hopes of a Republican president repealing the act.

January 2013
The limit on pretax contributions to flex spending accounts is capped at $2,500/year. Tax increases to finance the ACA take effect on approximately 2.5 million households with individuals making more than $200,000 per year and couples over $250,000.

April 2013
After the first version was heavily criticized, the Obama administration reveals simplified forms consumers will use to apply for health insurance and financial assistance to pay for premiums.

State Exchange

May 2013
The California health insurance exchange unveils a preview of its plans, with insurers that include Blue Shield, Anthem, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente.

June 2013
A new alternative to Obamacare comes from Georgia, by Republican Price – his third attempt. The bill is titled H.R. 2300, “Empowering Patients First Act of 2013”. Although the bill is referred to committee, it doesn’t pass.

Gov. Jerry Brown singed into law two sweeping California health reform bills that are key to implementing the ACA.

July 2013
The White House announces a one year delay – until 2015 – of the ACA’s requirement that the companies with 50 employees or more must provide affordable coverage or pay fines.

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