The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or ObamaCare, is a federal statute that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
- October 1, 2013
- Open enrollment begins, Americans will be able to shop for health coverage through national and state-administered insurance exchanges.
- January 1, 2014
- The health insurance coverage kicks in.
- March 31, 2014
- Open enrollment closes. If by March 31 you have no health insurance through the exchanges or your employer, you face a fine of 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person -- whichever is higher.
- Employer health insurance
- If you have health insurance through your employer, you can keep it. Depending on the job-based coverage available to you, you might not qualify for certain savings offered through the health insurance exchange program.
- Your coverage options depend on your household income, not your employment status.
- Can I get dental coverage?
- Dental care is considered an essential health benefit for children, but not for adults. Adults can choose a plan that includes dental coverage, or opt into a separate dental plan and pay an additional premium.
- What will it cost?
- Different plans have different costs depending on the coverage, but all of them must be approved by state insurance departments.
- Child coverage
- Children can be covered by their parents' health insurance plan until they turn 26. If a dependent turns 26 during 2014, he or she can enroll in a new health insurance plan even after open enrollment closes March 31.
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