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Learn About the Affordable Care Act

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Introduction to the Affordable Care Act

Congress for many years has tried to improve our health care and health insurance systems. This involved much debate and many different ideas have been suggested.

Two new health care laws resulted from this work. They became law in March 2010:

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Reconciliation Act)

Together these two laws are commonly call the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. The ACA's main goals are to help all people:

  • Get quality, affordable health insurance
  • Have greater control over your health care and health insurance decisions right now

It is difficult to summarize the entire law because it is so long. You can click here for an outline of its major topics.

Most people want to know how the law affects them personally. You may have to consult your insurer for all details regarding your personal health coverage. However, these links give you a snapshot:

If you want to read the full text of the ACA for more details you can click here.

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