Health and Wellness
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a law that puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will be implemented in stages over a multi-year period. The purpose of the law is to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans. It will allow individuals, families, and small businesses to choose insurance coverage in an open, competitive insurance market. The Act also requires insurance companies to provide more coverage, reduce costs, and provide healthcare to those individuals previously disqualified.
Beginning October 1, 2013, consumers will be able to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
For more information, see our Affordable Care Act subject guide
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