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Affordable Care Act: Overview

Information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for consumers

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 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. 

 
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 connect with live chat.

Important Dates

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 November 15, 2014.

Full timeline year by year

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

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

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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

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"Healthcare and You" video

11-minute overview on the ACA from Healthcare.gov

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