Welcome to Aon Hewitt's Affordable Care Act Microsite

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and the related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), which modifies certain provisions of PPACA, was signed into law on March 30, 2010.

These two laws together, commonly referred to as the "Affordable Care Act," make sweeping changes to existing laws governing employer-sponsored group health plans, individual health coverage, and governmental health programs.

Washington Report

The Washington Report is a short, weekly email update of the most important federal legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments in the previous week related to Aon Hewitt's business, including Health Care Reform.


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) is constitutional as a tax, thereby allowing the law to be fully implemented. On June 28, 2012, the last day of its current term, Chief Justice Roberts, who wrote the opinion, announced the five to four decision in NFIB v. Sebelius that held the following:

  • The penalty for not complying with the individual mandate is a valid exercise of Congress's taxing power and is therefore constitutional. The issue of whether the provision is severable does not need to be decided because the mandate was upheld.
  • The Medicaid expansion is also constitutional. However, states cannot be stripped of existing federal Medicaid funding for not complying with the expansion provisions.
  • The Anti-Injunction Act does not apply to this case.

The link to full text of the Supreme Court opinion is available at: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf.

Looking Forward: Health Care Strategy

Aon Hewitt Health Care Reform Laser

In 2014, employers face potential 20 to 60% cost increases depending on the organizational make-up of their workforce and employees' individual health insurance purchasing decisions. Aon Hewitt's actuarial modeling tool helps employers take control, change outcomes and improve results. Learn more.

Aon Hewitt Complimentary Webinars:

Health care reform is here to stay and remains a critical topic with employers and their employees. Aon's health and benefits experts remain at the forefront of helping employers understand the complex compliance, financial, and strategic issues.

For all the latest news on Aon Hewitt events and conferences, please visit our Events & Conferences page.

2013 Health Care Forum Webinars

May 15—"ACA in Action: Health Care Reform Update" Webinar Replay

May 22—"Advance Your Game Plan: Health Care Strategy" Webinar Replay

May 29—"Empower It! A Healthy, High-Performing Workforce"
Webinar Replay

June 5—"Strengthen Your Core: Health Care Measurment and Analytics"
Webinar Replay

June 12—"Jump In! Health Care Delivery System Transformation" Webinar Replay

Register here.

Health Care Strategy After the 2012 Elections

November 9, 2012—Our experts share how employers can avoid compliance costs and risks, advance a winning health care strategy, and start achieving better health care results now.

Webinar Replay and Webinar Presentation PDF

The Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision—The Impact on the Future of Health Care

June 29, 2012—Understand the key components of the Court's decision and what it means for your organization and employees. Our health and benefits experts assessed the legal and business implications for employers.

Webinar Replay and Webinar Presentation.

Health Care Industry Impact

July 19, 2012—Aon's panel of experts discussesd the impact of the Court's ruling on health care organizations, both as employers and health care system providers.

Webinar Replay and Webinar Presentation.

Employee Communications

Concerned about your employees' reaction? We can help. To learn more, visit www.aonhewittcommunication.com/consulting.