Affordable Care Act Information

What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services:

March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.

Learn more about the ACA law here.

ACA Enrollment begins October 1, 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Selected resources for information about the ACA.

♦ Get Up-to-date information about enrollment and implementation.
♦ Read about key features of the Affordable Care Act.
♦ View a video about the new Health Care Marketplaces which will be going live October 1, 2013.
♦ Look up your state’s plan on state-by-state fact sheets.
♦ Here are the top 10 things to know about the health care law for special populations including women, clinicians, small businesses, and others.
♦ Sign up for text and email updates (scroll to the bottom of the page) about your state’s ACA implementation.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace will assist in identifying and selecting a health care plan that will meet individual and family needs. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.

A toll free number available 24/7, staffed by a customer service representative can answer questions about the health insurance Marketplace.  The number is: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

New York State is offering information about the Marketplace through NY State of Health. NY State of Health is where individuals and families will shop for, compare, and buy health insurance coverage.

Also, you can get help with Obamacare at the Rochester Central Library.

Getting Ready for “Obamacare” (also known as the ACA)

The YouTunes “Get Ready for Obamacare” video is a fun and easy-to-understand look at the way individuals, families, and businesses will obtain health coverage.

Key Resources

♦ and its Spanish language counterpart is the website developed and maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Devoted to information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this site provides assistance in understanding the Insurance Marketplace for individuals, families, and businesses. It also answers questions for those with expanded concerns, women, youth, special needs, and those with chronic conditions.

♦ Blog posts from provides additional information and personal stories to assist individuals to better understand the new health insurance options.

♦ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Federal government website providing information and links to sites related to the ACA. Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight provides in-person assistance in the health insurance marketplace for consumers to enable them to make informed choices when selecting health insurance options.  These assistants can be navigators, certified application counselors, or agents and brokers.

National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health produced this website in plain language on information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.  Under Health Topics, Health Insurance, you will find considerable resources on ACA.

♦ National Networks of Libraries of Medicine
Comprised of eight regions within the US, the mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical information.  Many regions have a resource-rich website providing ACA information.

♦ Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, Penn, Del)

♦ American Library Association (ALA)
American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth issued the following joint statement:“Providing resources that help librarians answer patron requests for health insurance information furthers the long-standing commitment of both IMLS and ALA to make information more widely available to the public. We are delighted to help connect libraries to these resources so they can provide timely information to their customers.

While libraries provide information in a way that best suits their own communities, IMLS and ALA stand ready to help all libraries prepare for the anticipated increased demand for health-related information.”

Additionally, ALA has a website with information on the role of libraries in responding to inquiries on the ACA as well as providing links to key resources from related organizations and agencies.

♦ Medical Library Association (MLA)
MLA is providing background information on the ACA, including a summary and implementation timeline on the provisions of the bill, highlighting those of specific interest to the medical library community.

♦ State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles
Here you’ll find an in-depth look at the progress each state is making in setting up health insurance marketplaces (exchanges).

♦ Kaiser Family Foundation
The Topics Page on Health Reform provides extensive information on health reform and the ACA.

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