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Health Reform Timeline

Health Reform Flag

Understand what's changing when with Blue Shield's Health Reform Timeline.

Health Reform and Large Employer Groups

Federal health reform, officially titled the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Since then many state reforms have passed as well as changed rules on some of the federal mandates.

Health reform is a strategic approach to improving the quality of health care and increasing access to care. Health reform will impact your mid-sized or large business and the coverage you provide to your employees.

Learn more about health reform and how it affects your business, and find out what Blue Shield is doing to implement the new requirements, in the pages in this section.

Also visit our Health Reform Timeline to see when changes are taking place.

In this section

Employer Responsibilities

Learn about employer responsibilities, including non-discrimination rules, W-2 reporting requirements and the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

Covered California

Learn about Covered California as a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance for 2014.

Grandfathered Health Plans

Find out if your business' health plan might be a "grandfathered plan" and which reform mandates apply.

Tools and Resources

Access resources from Blue Shield, including a timeline, overview and news, as well as government resources.