What Consumer Protections are Embedded in the Affordable Care Act?

Consumer protections and market reforms designed to end certain insurer practices and create better access to health care are central to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Key provisions limit insurers’ ability to deny, limit or cancel coverage, end annual and lifetime spending caps and ensure that more premium dollars are spent on delivering and improving care.

The ACA extends coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and young adults. 

This Health Policy Snapshot, published online in August 2011, examines how the ACA will regulate health insurers and extend coverage to more people.

Read more from RWJF's Health Policy Snapshot series.