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President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (sometimes known as ACA or “Obamacare”) into law on March 23, 2010. It represents the most significant regulatory overhaul and expansion of coverage in the United States' healthcare system since the passing of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

The ACA Explained

The Affordable Care Act re-establishes consumers’ control over their health care. A new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” provides the American people with the tools and resources they need to make informed healthcare decisions under the law.

The primary goals of the law are as follows:

  • Make affordable health insurance available to a larger number of people. 
  • Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with incomes less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line. In the State of Florida, this expansion has not taken place.
  • Support innovative medical care delivery methods that aim to reduce overall healthcare costs.

The 2022 Open Enrollment period runs from Monday, November 1, 2021 to Saturday, January 15, 2022. Enroll by December 15, 2021 for coverage beginning January 1, 2022.

During the annual open enrollment period, millions of Americans enroll in ACA-compliant health plans (OEP). Many Americans, however, can enroll outside of the OEP if they have a qualifying life event that qualifies them for a special enrollment period.

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Coverage Benefits

  • Pre-existing condition exclusions for children are eliminated: Health plans can no longer deny or limit benefits to children because of a pre-existing condition.
  • Protects young adults: Based on age, young adults may be eligible for coverage under your parent’s health insurance plan.
  • Ends arbitrary insurance coverage withdrawals: Insurers can no longer cancel your coverage simply because you made an honest mistake.
  • Ensures your right to appeal: You now have the option of asking your plan to reconsider its denial of payment.

Cost Benefits

  • Ends lifetime coverage limits: Lifetime limits on most benefits are prohibited for all new health insurance plans.
  • Review of premium increases: Insurance companies must now justify any unreasonable rate hikes publicly.
  • Assists you in getting the most out of your premium dollars: Your premium dollars must be spent primarily on health care rather than administrative expenses.
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Open Enrollment ends on Saturday, January 15, 2022

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