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Insurance and Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and has been implemented over the past 4 years.

  • For the archived version of our webinar on this topic, "Insurance Update for the ACHD Patient Looking Ahead to 2014," click here.

    It took effect on January 1, 2014. Although a federal law, individual states can decide how to put many parts of the law into effect. For detailed information on ACA, visit www.healthcare.gov.  

    How will the Affordable Care Act help me?

    The Affordable Care Act has brought changes to the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. To find out more information, click here.

    Do I have to have insurance, and if so, how do I get it?

    Everyone in the United States must have insurance and or pay a penalty. Insurance can be purchased in one of three ways. To learn more, click here.

    What is a Health Insurance Marketplace?

    The Health Insurance Marketplace is a one-stop place where people can compare plans, choose a plan and enroll. If you want to know more, click here.

    Signing up for Insurance

    What’s next? How do I sign up for insurance? Click here to find out.

    Want to Learn More?

    Click here for an additional webpage to help you understand the Affordable Care Act.


    Additional information about insurance is available at these resources:

    Americans with Disabilities Act
    Information and technical assistance on the American Disabilities Act

    Patient Advocate Foundation
    Information and education to assist patients with access to care, medical debt, and job retention issues related to their illness, including co-pay assistance

    America's Health Insurance Plans
    National trade association representing the health insurance industry

    A Consumer's Glossary of Insurance Terms
    A-Z glossary of insurance-related terms

    National Coalition on Health Care
    Working group made up of 80 organizations whose aim is to achieve comprehensive health system reform and improvement of health care

    Risk Pools: Where To Turn If You're Medically Uninsurable
    State-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems to purchase coverage

    Consumer information on affordable health and medical coverage

    Chronic Disease Fund
    Help for chronically ill patients to obtain necessary medications

    HealthWell Foundation
    Assistance with co-payments and premiums

    Patient Access Network Foundation
    A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the needs of patients that cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs

    Patient Services Inc.
    A nonprofit that assists patient with chronic illnesses in meeting their co-pays and premiums