The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced wide-ranging health care reforms but faces many challenges. This article reviews 6 key points for today’s nurse leader on the law’s 10th anniversary: a renewed legal battle is on its way to the Supreme Court; 27 million people still lack coverage, partly due to nonexpansion of Medicaid in 15 states; Medicaid waivers provide coverage for some low-income people but leave many people out; value-based purchasing has allocated billions of dollars in rewards and penalties; ACA Marketplace plans are not always affordable, but premiums are stabilizing; and the 2020 elections could result in dramatic consequences for health care reform.

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