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Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

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Read the Law                                    

Use this Guide from the Health and Human Services Department to explore the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called Obamacare, which was signed into law by President Barak Obama on March 23, 2010. It constitutes the first major overhaul of the way in which healthcare is delivered, monitored and paid for in the United States in over 40 years. Read the law, find out how it is being implemented and explore all of the aspects of this complex new law. If you are interested in learning more about healthcare reform and the history of healthcare in America, use the Subject Guide Healthcare Reform. To learn about the health insurance marketplace, a provision of the ACA, visit the Health Insurance Marketplace Subject Guide.

Health Reform Hits Main Street
7 minute video overview from Kaiser Family Foundation


Academic Onefile
Contains newspaper, magazine and scholarly articles on a large number of topics.  To find information on the ACA, choose Subject Guide from the yellow tabs and type in "affordable care". The search tool will display over 1,000 matches that you can limit by type of publication, by sub-topic or date. Virtual Tour

Health Reference Center Academic
Using this search tool you will find articles from magazines and scholarly journals, exerpts from books, videos and newspapers. To find information on this topic, choose Subject Guide from the yellow tabs and type in "affordable care". The search tool will display over 1,000 matches that you can limit by type of publication, by sub-topic or date. Virtual Tour



Affordable Care Act and Medicare Español
Currently receiving Medicare benefits? Visit this site to find out how the ACA affects you and what changes you can expect.

Healthcare.Gov Español 
The Federal site for information about how the health insurance marketplace is being implemented nationwide.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Find polls, statistics, blogs, articles, videos and discussions all relevant to the Affordable Care Act.

Key Features of the Affordable Care Act By Year
The ACA puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond. Learn about what’s changing and when.

RAND- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Blog
Objective analysis, effective solutions from the well-respected RAND corporation.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publications (ACA)
A private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Read research and opinions about the ACA from this well-respected source.


Community and Local Links


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York
Health Care is changing, are you ready. Information specific to BC/BSWNY for the new Health Insurance Marketplace

Community Access to Healthcare
Access to Health Care publications from the Community Service Society. Downloadable in-depth reports.

Medicaid- Erie County
Find information about Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus and other health insurance programs

New York State Health Foundation
The New York State Health Foundation seeks to improve New York State’s health care system and the health of all New Yorkers.

Univera Healthcare
Health insurance basics and healthcare reform information from a local health insurance provider. 


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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act