Health Happens in Libraries

Affordable Care Act 101

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) is a federal law enacted on March 23, 2010. It includes numerous provisions to facilitate comprehensive health reform in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides an opportunity for those who are interested to read the law, and includes an outline and full summary for each major section.

This guide focuses specifically on the parts of the law most impactful to patrons and public libraries. These include the requirement that all individuals obtain some form of health insurance coverage, and the creation of federal and state health insurance marketplaces designed to help individuals explore the coverage options that may be available to them.