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Affordable Care Act: Improvements in Coverage and Benefits for Families

on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 4:43pm

Health Care Explained
: From, this summary sheet offers information surrounding the Affordable Care Act provisions relevant to families.

Preventive Care: If a patient’s plan is subject to these new requirements, the patient will not bear any cost-sharing responsibilities for these services and will benefit from recommended screenings, vaccinations and counseling.

Health Insurance Marketplaces: Many patients are experiencing increased difficulty in locating affordable health coverage that meets their needs. One of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act is the development of a new, competitive health insurance market through Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Marketplaces are designed to keep prices low and to enhance quality. These Marketplaces will be available for individual open enrollment starting on October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2014.

Dispelling the Myths of Health Care Reform: The National Patient Advocate Foundation gets into deeper detail and dispels the myths of health care reform. NPAF makes sure you are given the facts so you can make informed decisions about your health care.

Qualifying for Medicaid: Medicaid is a program funded both by federal and state governments to provide health coverage to patients whose incomes make them eligible. It can sometimes be confusing for patients to determine whether or not they qualify for Medicaid, as there are different categories of care. Pregnant women, seniors over 65, children up to 18 and others can qualify.

Washington Post Survey Tool: Answers the question, "What does the health care bill mean for me?" The health care overhaul will change the way millions of Americans get health insurance and require nearly everyone to have health insurance or face penalties. A number of factors - including income, age, location and family size - will determine how it specifically impacts your life. This tool estimates what it could mean for your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family size and current insurance status.