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Healthcare law primer: What’s in it for you?

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Medical students and professionals participate in a news conference in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

While the Supreme Court handles the issue of the Affordable Care Act’s legality, there are millions of Americans who will be directly affected by the court’s decision. Another sizable portion of the population will have tangential ties to what happens as well, and in fact may not even know it. We’ll take a look at the provisions in the healthcare law, what it already does for people, what it will do if the rest of the provisions are implemented, and what problems there might be with implementation.

How will what transpires on the Hill over the next few days change the way you find, receive or pay for healthcare? What does it mean for doctors, hospitals and pharmacies? What exactly is an individual mandate, and how does it work? Is there a way to opt out of all this? We’ll be opening up the phone lines to take your calls and answer any lingering questions you might have pertaining to the law and the activity within the Supreme Court.


Gregory Warner, Senior Reporter for Marketplace, covering healthcare

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