Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Insurance, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, is a federal law that was enacted in 2010 to reform the American healthcare system. The law was designed to improve access to healthcare and make healthcare coverage more affordable for millions of Americans who were previously uninsured or underinsured.
The Affordable Care Act established a number of key provisions to achieve these goals. One of the most significant provisions was the creation of state-based health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. These marketplaces allow individuals and small businesses to shop for and compare different health insurance plans and choose the one that best meets their needs and budget. The marketplaces also offer financial assistance to eligible individuals to help them pay for their health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
In addition to the marketplaces, the Affordable Care Act also introduced several other important changes to the healthcare system. For example, the law prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to individuals with pre-existing conditions. It also required insurance companies to cover certain preventive services, such as vaccines and cancer screenings, without any cost-sharing by patients.
The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid, a joint federal-state program that provides healthcare coverage to low-income individuals and families. The expansion made Medicaid available to millions of Americans who were previously not eligible for the program.
Overall, the Affordable Care Act was designed to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for Americans, especially those who were previously uninsured or underinsured. While the law has faced political and legal challenges over the years, it remains an important piece of legislation that has helped millions of Americans obtain the healthcare coverage they need.
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