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2014 will be a big year for health care reform, with many key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect. Below are the top 5 ACA changes for 2014—and how each one will affect your practice—based on AOA analysis.

Health exchanges for insurance

The insurance sold on health insurance marketplaces was implemented on Jan. 1, 2014. These marketplaces sell health plans primarily to people who do not have insurance. They include individuals and small employers of up to 50 or 100 employees.

What it means for ODs: Because these are new plans and newly insured people, optometrists are expected to gain new patients over time. Read more...