What do you know about the health care overhaul law? (Photo: Jason Stitt)

Will the health reform law require nearly all Americans to have health insurance starting in 2014 or else pay a fine? That’s one of the questions in Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s new Health Reform Quiz.

The 10-question quiz isn’t just for health wonks that have read the thousands of pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It’s much more accessible. When you take the quiz you can find out how others did on the quiz.

If you do take the health reform quiz, share your score with us in the comment section, or let us know on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Health Reform? 3 July,2012Shuka Kalantari

  • Suprman92

    I answered 9 out of 10 questions correctly, better than 97% of Americans.
    I am mortified at how uniformed Americans are on this topic. No wonder people are so angry, they’re angry about things they think are true… but are in fact NOT TRUE.
    Whatever your views, Happy Independence Day to EVERYONE!

  • Anonymous

    I answered 8 of 10 correctly with the two being “don’t know” answers.

    2. “Will the health reform law allow a government panel to make decisions about end-of-life care for people on Medicare? No, the law will not do this. You answered “Don’t know.””

    The law does establish an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that’s designed to see that Medicare stays withing it’s spending growth targets. Whether or not it makes decisions about care that might effect end-of-life care, and whether the Congress will accept those recommendations is something I don’t know. Many people hate the idea of rationing but all health systems ration in some manner and acknowledging as much could lead to it being done better.

    10. “Will the health reform law allow undocumented immigrants to receive financial help from the government to buy health insurance? No, the law will not do this. You answered “Don’t know.””

    While the law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a system to verify citizenship and immigration status eligibility of those getting benefits through Medicaid and the Health Exchanges, I’ve read nothing about that being done regarding the employees of those small business employers receiving tax credits for the provision of health insurance. Since 2/3’s of illegal immigrants working do so on the books, the same employment eligibility system that allows (as intended) the widespread employment of illegal immigrants will mean that they will (actually are, since these tax-credits are already in effect) likely be receiving financial help from the federal government covering part of the cost of their health insurance by way of tax credits awarded to their employers.

    Also, why it’s true that Medicare Advantage recipients will still be required to receive any benefit that all Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to receive, they will receive less benefits than they currently do as the amount paid to insurance companies for Advantage customers drops.


Shuka Kalantari

Shuka Kalantari is a Bay Area journalist reporting on health, food, culture and immigrant communities in California and internationally. She’s reported for Public Radio International’s The World, BBC World News Service’s Outlook, Philosophy Talk, Vice Magazine. Shuka is also a frequent contributor to KQED Public Media. You can follow her @skalantari on Twitter and Instagram.

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