Affordable Care Act (ACA)

General Information about ACA

Health Insurance Marketplace Basics

The Health Insurance Marketplace is the new way for Americans to get healthcare coverage according to their budget and needs. Open enrollment began November 1, 2016 online at, by phone at 1-800-318-2596, or in person at local health centers and other facilities. The open enrollment period will run through January 31, 2017.

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A preliminary analysis of the final Health Care Reform legislation includes: a nondiscrimination provision that includes nurse practitioners, recognition of nurse practitioners as primary care providers and leaders in public and home care medical home pilots and demonstrations, funding for nurse managed clinics; funding for graduate nurse education and post graduate experience demonstrations, inclusion in primary care Medicare payment increases, and inclusion in ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations). The bill language is replete with provider neutral language that will facilitate the utilization of nurse practitioners in many venues.

The bill, as passed, protects provider choice of health care provider. It also protects individuals with preexisting conditions, protects against caps and out of pocket requirements by insurance companies, provides for universal coverage, provides protections for small businesses, expands Medicaid and provides funding for health promotion and disease prevention.