Affordable Care Act - Additional Resources

IMPORTANT DATES

October 1, 2013
Open Enrollment Begins
January 1, 2014
Coverage Begins
March 31, 2014
Open Enrollment Ends

Affordable Care Act in California
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as federal healthcare reform, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The California Department of Insurance, as the regulator of the health insurance industry, has a significant role in the implementation of the law and is working with State and Federal agencies to ensure that reforms both expand coverage and protect consumers.

AARP Fact Sheets
Get the facts about the Affordable Care Act with these educational fact sheets from AARP's Education & Outreach department. Many of these resources are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

US Department of Health and Human Services
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. This site shows Key Features of the Affordable Care Act, as well as a year-by-year overview of features.

New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage
When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. To help you as you evaluate options for you and your family, this notice provides some basic information about the new Marketplace and employment−based health coverage offered by your employer.

Health Insurance topic from MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is a vital resource for quality health information of all kinds, including health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Visit the newly enhanced Health Insurance Health Topic page for links to essential information for library patrons and consumers.

Kaiser Family Foundation Flowchart to Determine What You Need
Visualizing Health Policy: Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The December 2012 Visualizing Health Policy infographic is a flowchart illustrating the mechanisms by which people will get health coverage beginning in 2014.

Kaiser Family Foundation: The Requirement to Buy Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
Along with changes to the health insurance system that guarantee access to coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing health conditions, the Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that many people be insured or pay a penalty. This simple flowchart illustrates how that requirement (sometimes known as an individual mandate) works.

USA.gov Health Insurance
Visit USA.gov's Health Insurance page to learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Starting October 1, 2013, you can fill out an application for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can compare options side-by-side and enroll in a plan that fits your budget and meets your needs, with coverage taking effect as soon as January 1, 2014.
USA.gov's Health Insurance page includes:

  • A brief overview on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Key dates for enrollment and coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Publications for more information.
  • For information in Spanish, click on Espanol in the top right corner.

Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act
Explains the benefits and requirements of the ACA by status for the following groups:

  • Naturalized Citizens
  • Lawfully Present Immigrants
  • Undocumented Immigrants