In Oklahoma and throughout the nation, health insurance has become less central to divorce negotiations, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. This change is due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. While the implications of the ACA as it pertains to divorce are only just emerging, it appears that unhappy couples will no longer be bound together because of the fear of losing their health insurance.
Before the ACA, divorce was difficult for some spouses, especially those who may have been out of the workforce for a significant period of time in order to care for children or aging parents. Since health insurance was tied to employment, difficulty finding adequate employment not only created financial hardships, it also created a health insurance vacuum. The problem of finding health insurance was made even more difficult and expensive for those with pre-existing conditions.