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Affordable Care Act in Florida: What you need to need to know

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:15:53 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 02:13:06 PM CDT
Haulover Beach in Miami Florida

Affordable Care Act in Florida: What you need to need to know

Affordable Care Act overview

The Affordable Care Act is the nation’s health reform law enacted in March 2010. It contains numerous provisions that will expand health coverage to 30 million Americans, increase benefits and lower costs for consumers, provide new funding for public health and prevention, bolster our health care and public health workforce and infrastructure, foster innovation and quality in our system, and more.

The law consists of two pieces of legislation: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted on March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), enacted on March 30, 2010. Jointly they are referred to as the Affordable Care Act or ACA.

Key features of the Affordable Care Act

Coverage

Cost

Care

How the ACA is making a difference for the people of Florida

Because of the Affordable Care Act, the 77% of Floridians who have insurance have more choices and stronger coverage than ever before. And for the 23% of Floridians who don’t have insurance, or Florida families and small businesses who buy their coverage but aren’t happy with it, a new day is just around the corner.

Soon, the new online Health Insurance Marketplace will provide families and small businesses who currently don’t have insurance, or are looking for a better deal, a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets.

Open enrollment in the Marketplace starts Oct 1, with coverage starting as soon as Jan 1, 2014. But Florida families and small business can visit HealthCare.gov right now to find the information they need prepare for open enrollment.