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For more information contact: Scott Barstow, Director of Public Policy & Legislation American Counseling Association 703-823-9800 x234 [email protected] The Affordable Care Act: What counselors should know The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, following several decades of work by Presidents and members of Congress of both political parties to establish a health care system providing coverage for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act (as the law is commonly referred to) continues our nation’s reliance on both the private and public health care systems. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to establish consistent rules and consumer protections for the private health insurance system; expand access to health insurance coverage; and reduce the rate of growth of health care spending. It is important that counselors have a basic understanding of the law and how it works, and how it affects their profession. This is especially import...