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Longview - Affordable Care Act (ACA): Health Insurance Resources

This guide provides general information on the new healthcare law and how eligible persons can register for benefits.

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What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), frequently referred to as Obamacare, was passed and signed into law in March of 2010. This Guide will provide information about the law, about how the law affects you, and information about signing up for health insurance. 

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 (sometimes known as ACA, PPACA, or “Obamacare”).
The law has 3 primary goals:|

  • Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
  • Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.)
  • Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally. Links

Important links from (the official government website about health insurance and healthcare for US citizens and nationals). - The healthcare homepage helps you get converge, access care, and find help. image of a website
Where can I enroll for health insurance? - Enroll online, by phone, or find help using this page. 
Find local help. - You can find a trained professional near you to answer questions, help you enroll, and choose the right plan. 
Questions and Answers about the ACA - Do you have questions about the ACA? Find answers here. 
Tips to Get Started - I need health insurance? Where do I start?

If you have questions, call  24/7 1-800-318-2596  or go to