Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act
In March 2010, President Barack 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. Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace for information to take health care into your own hands, explore insurance coverage options and learn how the Affordable Care Act impacts you.

The Affordable Care Act And You: What Your Family Needs To Know:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has created this list to explain some key things you should know about the Affordable Care Act.

Healthcare Rights and Protections
Whether you need health coverage or have it already, the health care law offers new rights and protections that make coverage fairer and easier to understand. Some rights and protections apply to plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace or other individual insurance, some apply to job-based plans, and some apply to all health coverage. Use this guide to learn about your rights and protections today.

A quick guide to the Marketplace
Here’s a quick rundown on the most important things to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace, sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange.”

10 health care benefits covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace
Every health insurance plan sold in the Marketplace will offer 10 essential health benefits.
Video titled The Value of Health Insurance. No one plans to get sick or hurt, but most people need medical care at some point. Health insurance covers these costs and protects you from very high expenses.

Protect Yourself from Fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace
When you apply for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you can protect yourself from fraud by following a few simple guidelines.

Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator
The Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator provides estimates of health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With this calculator, you can enter your income, age and family size to estimate your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. You can also use this tool to estimate your eligibility for Medicaid. As eligibility requirements may vary by state, please contact your state’s Medicaid office or Marketplace with enrollment questions.

Comparing Health Plan’s Benefits and Coverage Summaries Fact Sheet
This fact sheet is intended to help answer specific questions that people with disabilities might ask about benefits and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Family Voices National Center for Family Professional Partnerships
The NCFPP is charged with helping families and professionals understand the ACA and helping families access the benefits of the ACA. This site provides an index of information cataloged on the site, including the ACA blog and background, benefits of the ACA and resources for people with disabilities.

Coverage to Care
From Coverage to Care is an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits while getting connected to primary care and preventive services so they can live a long, healthy life.

Sign up SC: Information About the Marketplace
This website provides information about Health Insurance basics, the Marketplace, events in South Carolina, and how to find local help.