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ObamaCare Rollout

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.
Unemployed
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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