The Affordable Care Act and Your Community
In March of 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), which fixes what is broken by making improvements in four key areas:
- It ends the worst insurance company abuses;
- It makes health insurance more affordable;
- It strengthens Medicare;
- It provides better options for coverage.
Our families, communities and congregations now have the freedom from worrying about unfairly losing their insurance, or having it run out due to a lifetime limit if they or a loved one are in an accident or become sick.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “Faith leaders are trusted partners in local communities. You have a unique ability to reach people, especially the most vulnerable, with the tools and information they need to get healthy, stay well, and thrive.”
This section of our website provides you with information to help you understand and share with others what the Affordable Care Act means for your community, including the most vulnerable and in need of health care.
The HHS Partnership Center hosts a series of interactive webinars for you to learn more about the many provisions of the health care law that are currently in place that could help you and those in your congregation or community.
We encourage faith and community leaders to visit www.HealthCare.gov, an informative website where you can find answers to questions on the health care law. You can search for insurance options, learn about prevention, compare care quality, view the timeline for implementation of the law, and view provisions of interest to specific groups of consumers such as seniors, young people and people with disabilities. This is an excellent resource to use when informing others about the health care benefits that are now available and how to access care.
From March 2010 through 2020 , the Affordable Care Act is being implemented incrementally, in sections over time. This section provides news releases and blog posts summarizing major provisions of the law.