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What Is the Affordable Care Act (Also Known as Obamacare)?

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. In general, the goal of the law is to:

  • Expand access to health insurance coverage;
  • Increase consumer protections, such as banning lifetime dollar limits on most benefits and preventing insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions;
  • Promote prevention and wellness by requiring coverage for many preventive services without a cost to the patient;
  • Implement economic incentives to improve the quality of healthcare and the efficiency of healthcare systems; and
  • Curb rising healthcare costs.

Watch this short video that explains the basics of the act or find out how it’s making a difference in your state.

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How Could It Impact You?

The Affordable Care Act has the potential to impact the healthcare services available to many stroke patients and survivors. Find out how it could impact you.

Find Health Insurance Coverage in Your State

Use the Subsidy Calculator

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One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to expand affordable health insurance coverage to those who don’t currently have it. Find out if you qualify for this new coverage. Click on your state to begin. Some people will also qualify for subsidies to help pay their health insurance premiums. Use the Subsidy Calculator to estimate if you qualify for this assistance.

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Does It Change My Medicare Coverage?

The act does not replace your Medicare coverage. However, you may pay less for some services. Find out more about these cost savings.

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Having Problems With Your Insurance Coverage?

Many states have programs that help consumers resolve problems related to their health insurance coverage. If you have questions, find out if your state has a program that could help you.

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Still Have Questions?

Read the answers to other frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act.

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If you have questions about your health insurance coverage options, you have a right to speak to someone in your language at no cost. To talk to an interpreter, call 1-800-318-2596. Read a document with this message written in the available languages.

Supported by Allergan, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Inc.,
H. Lundbeck A/S, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc.

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