The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

PPACA, commonly called the Affordable Care Act or referred to as Obamacare, is the most significant overhaul of the US healthcare system since Medicare and Medicaid of 1965. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, and was created to increase the quality and affordability of healthcare and lower the uninsured rate by expanding both public and private insurance. This law requires insurance companies to insure all applicants who meet the new minimum standards. Further, the ACA specifically recognizes school psychologists as qualifed providers of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health and authorizes several grant programs to increase the mental and behavioral health workforce.