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Information to Gather Before Signing Up for Health Insurance

Consumer Reports lists the information needed to sign up for health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010.

The Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law on June 28, 2012.

Click here for an overview of the key features of the Affordable Care Act year-by-year.

Affordable Care Act News

Brookings: Topics - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Information for Veterans

VA, Affordable Care Act and You

"Three things you should know:


1.  VA wants all Veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being.

2.  If you are enrolled in VA health care, you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.

3.  If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time."

Health Law Helper

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is a nonprofit group that tests products and offers advice and comparisons of services like health care insurance.

The Health Law Helper leads you through 7 basic questions then lists the next steps to take.  There is a list for using the Health Insurance Marketplace like GetCoveredIllinois and a list for buying insurance outside of the the Marketplace.

AARP Health Law Answers

AARP's Health Law Answers helps you learn how the Affordable Care Act works for you and your family.  Answer a few questions and get a report with information tailored to your situation.

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