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Affordable Care Act: Overview

Information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for consumers

Important Dates

Open Enrollment began November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. This is for coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2016.

Full timeline year by year

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law that was created by The Obama Administration and was originally passed in March 2010 with full implementation in January 2014. The law put into place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage for all Americans and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices, among other improvements to healthcare in this country. 

The law is also referred to as:
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • The New Healthcare Law
  • The Health Insurance Exchange
  • The Health Insurance Marketplace
  • ObamaCare 

Call the Dept. of Health and Human Services 24/7 for more information 1.800.318.2596 or via their Contact Us page.

What You Need to Know

Healthcare.gov page for Individuals and Families - primary website for information about the ACA from the Dept. of Health and Human Services

ACA website - from Whitehouse.gov

Enroll America - nonpartisan 501(c)(3) whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the ACA

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Health Insurance Health Topics page - from MedlinePlus.gov

ACA resources page from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

Facebook page for Healthcare.gov

#GetCovered on Twitter

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"Healthcare and You" video

11-minute overview on the ACA from Healthcare.gov

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