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 coming in January 2014. The law will 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.
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Open Enrollment for 2014 Marketplace coverage is over.
Outside the Open Enrollment period, you can enroll in a private health plan through the Marketplace only if you qualify for a special enrollment period. Click here for more information.
Open Enrollment begins again in October 2014.
Full timeline year by year
Healthcare.gov page for Individuals and Families - primary website for information about the ACA from the Dept. of Health and Human Services
Why Do We Need the ACA? - 1-page PDF from the American Public Health Association
Myths and Facts on the ACA - 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
Health Insurance Health Topics page - from MedlinePlus.gov
11-minute overview on the ACA from Healthcare.gov