What is the ACA?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law aimed at improving the United States' healthcare system. It does this by making health insurance available to more Americans. The law also protects people who already have health insurance. The ACA is comprised of two separate laws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), which were signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and March 30, 2010 respectively. Additionally, regulations passed subsequent to ACA provide relevant guidance.
Critical features of the ACA include clear health insurance coverage options for individuals, families and businesses, and new ways to hold insurance companies accountable. These sweeping changes take effect on October 1, 2013 when the state and federal health insurance marketplaces open for enrollment, making it possible for all Americans to obtain high quality, affordable insurance. Individuals who are not covered by health insurance prior to the mandated deadline - and who aren't considered exempt under the ACA - will pay a penalty when they file their income taxes.
At Geisinger Trusted Advisor, we know that the changes under the ACA are new and potentially overwhelming. That's why we are here to help. Through this website and our Trusted Advisor Healthcare Reform information line, 855.849.1510, we will provide you with information and answers you need to make the right decisions for you, your family and your business.