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Affordable Care Act: Overview

Resources to aid patrons in understanding the steps required to enroll for Affordable Care effective Oct. 1, 2013.




Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.  While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.

Accessed from August 21, 2013.


ACA Enrollment

Tips for ACA Enrollment

Accessed from November 9, 2015..


The Family Planning National Training Centers provide ACA-related training on electronic health records, billing and coding, contracting, policy changes and more, geared to Title X family planning providers.

Health Resources and Services Administration:  Check out upcoming and past webinars on Health Information Technology for safety net providers, quality improvement and reporting, meaningful use, workforce and safety net providers, and related issues. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers links to webinars and other educational events related to Health Information Technology.

Accessed from November 9, 2015.


 Learn about available grants to assist with implementation of various aspects of ACA.
Search for information about funding opportunities related to ACA including Health Information Technology (HIT) and other areas.

Other Resources

 Regulations and guidance posted by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare on ACA-related topics such as HIPAA Administrative Simplification and other issues for providers.

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare is responsible for implementing the ACA and provides extensive information and links to specific ACA information and fact sheets.


Following are books on understanding Obamacare, health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, available at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library: