Key information about the major features of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, is available directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at HHS.gov. Other sources of information include newspaper reports and websites devoted to promoting or fighting against the legislation.Continue Reading
HHS.gov provides a summary of the major changes to coverage, costs and care under the Affordable Care Act. This include a ban on health care plan exclusions for children with pre-existing conditions, continued coverage for adults under the age of 26 under their parent's plan, limitations on the right of insurance companies to cancel insurance on the basis of administrative errors on the part of plan members, and a right to appeal denied health care payments directly to the insurer. Other factors include bans on lifetime coverage limits, a requirement of public justifications for certain rate hikes, and new requirements for the use of funds from care premiums. Lastly, changes to care include additional preventive care coverage, and options to access emergency care from outside providers.
Other resources include Politco.com's Guide to the Affordable Care Act as well as the Washington Post's Countdown to Obamacare series of Q+A articles with health news correspondents, which addresses common questions over the legislation.Learn more about Health Insurance