The Affordable Care Act — sometimes called Obamacare — is the 2010 federal law intended to increase the availability and affordability of health insurance for Americans while reducing the overall costs of health care.
Parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect. For example, children can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 — even if they live on their own and aren’t in school. The law also requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions and makes it harder to cancel someone’s policy just because they’re ill.
So what does all this mean to Coloradans?
This Affordable Care Act timeline lays out some of the biggest changes and their start dates. It’s important to know that many of the law’s most significant provisions will take effect in early 2014. For example, starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to have some kind of health insurance.
Like most Americans, you already have private health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or military coverage. Therefore, you probably won’t need to do anything. Most of the changes have to do with expanding health care coverage to the one in five Americans who are uninsured.
What if I want to explore my options?
If you lose your health coverage in the future or are unhappy with your current coverage visit our Get Coverage page to learn about other health coverage options available to you.
Also, you’re free to buy health insurance from a private company or broker anytime. All plans have been reviewed by the Colorado Division of Insurance to make sure they meet the requirements for health care reform.