Health Care Reform: The Patient Protection and 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 are in the works for the coming years.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services, especially to our most vulnerable populations. The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age affect our health in a variety of ways, creating an undeniable link between health and human services.
ACF: improving health care and human services access for children and families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) leads dozens of key human services programs that serve many of our nation’s families. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer is leading ACF’s efforts to reach the millions of people who will be eligible for new or reduced-cost health insurance that could help improve health care and human services access for vulnerable children, families and communities.
- Families and individuals
- Young adults
- Tribal communities
- Small business partners and grantees
Help uninsured people in your community find affordable health care coverage
- Find Affordable Care Act benefits, services, and programs that may be available in your state
- Learn the meaning of key health care reform terms
- Check out the latest training, presentations and official ACA resources
- Become a Certified Application Counselor or a Champion for Coverage
Get More Information on the ACA or find out if you are eligible for health insurance.
- Visit healthcare.gov
- Call the Help Center: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY:1-855-889-4325 (Available 24/7)