Human Services to Health
The Department of Health and Human Services is the principal federal 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 human services and health.
Health Care Reform: The Patient 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 has built in protections and 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.
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. Throughout the first ACA open enrollment period (October 1, 2013-March 31, 2014), the Office of the Chief Medical Officer led ACF’s efforts to reach people eligible for new or reduced-cost health insurance. Open enrollment for 2014 is closed. You can now get Marketplace coverage only if you qualify for a special enrollment period or are applying for Medicaid and CHIP
The next Marketplace open enrollment period is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. ACF is focusing our 2014-2015 ACA education and enrollment efforts on the children and families we serve.
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)