Affordable Care Act

Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now

In March 2010, President 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. Enrollment opened November 15, 2014 and closes February 15, 2015.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you will use the Health Insurance Marketplace to apply for coverage, compare plans and enroll.

How do I get help enrolling in the Marketplace? You can apply for Marketplace coverage two ways: online and by phone (1-800-318-2596 Marketplace Help Center).

Online Resources

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, 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. 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.