Continuing our series on the key features of the Affordable Care Act, we will now look into the changes that took effect in 2010 that sought to increase access to affordable healthcare. As previously mentioned, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The law aims to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate, and reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government. However, a number of the mechanisms – mandates, subsidies, and insurance exchanges – are to be rolled out over four years and beyond. Below is an overview of some of the key provisions aimed to increase access that took effect in 2010.