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Health Reform Timeline

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

Health Reform and Small Business

Federal health reform legislation, 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 significantly impact your small 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 this section.

Be sure to check out the Tools and Resources section to help you and your workforce better understand health reform.

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

In this section

Covered California and Small Businesses

Learn about Covered California and SHOP, the 'Small Business Health Options Program', as marketplaces where small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance for 2014.

Employer Responsibilities

Read about health reform changes for small businesses, including new non-discrimination rules, W-2 reporting requirements and tax credits.

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.