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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
Provides the facts and features of the Affordable Care Act. Visitors of this site can find the answers to many of the frequently asked questions regarding this act. Also included are several links connecting users to the Insurance Marketplace, the Patient Bill of Rights, and to the full text of the Affordable Care Act Law.
According to Healthcare.gov, the Health Insurance Marketplace is “a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. With one application, you can see all your options and enroll.” The Health Insurance Marketplace will allow users to learn if they are eligible for lower their costs for health insurance through lower premiums with private insurers or if they qualify for free or low-cost plans through Medicaid or CHIP. Healthcare.gov provides users with the information they need to determine if using the Health Insurance Marketplace is right for them and to enroll in a plan.
The Affordable Care Act is said to make “numerous improvements to Medicaid and Chip (Children’s Health Insurance Program).” This site focuses on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that deal specifically with these programs. Numerous links are provided for connecting users to the sites that may affect them.
National Institutes of Health Medline Plus:
MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. This site provides reputable , reliable, up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, medications, and wellness. By entering the keywords "Affordable Health Care" into the search box, numerous trustworthy articles and links are provide on this topic.
At this site, AARP provides links to fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These fact sheets outline how ACA will affect various populations.
Landmark : the inside story of America's new health care law and what it means for us all by the staff of the Washington Post
The new health care system : everything you need to know by David Nather
The healing of America : a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care by T.R. Reid
Deadly spin : an insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans by Wendell Potter
Catastrophic care : how American health care killed my father--and how we can fix it by David Goldhill
RAND Corporation: “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”
With the complex process of implementing the ACA underway, RAND research is tracking the progress of implementation and assessing the potential consequences of choices facing federal and state governments, employers, families, and individuals.
ProCon.org: “Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?”
ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents facts, studies, and pro and con statements on diverse issues including the Mar. 2010 health care laws (Obamacare).
SupplementalHealthCare.com: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A Snapshot of Pros and Cons”
The Patient Care Forum blog is an online resource created by Supplemental Health Care, a national workforce solutions partner for healthcare organizations and professionals, designed to provide open discussions about pertinent healthcare topics helping readers better understand the dynamics of healthcare delivery and its connection to quality patient care.
NPR: “You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying the Affordable Care Act"
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Latest News
If you live in Pennsylvania, you will use the website HealthCare.gov to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can apply as early as October 1, 2013.
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