What You Should Know About The Affordable Care Act (for you and your patients)
Below you will find a collection of links to helpful websites to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act implementation in California.
THE BASICS-OVERVIEWS OF ACA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM
Your Questions About The American Health Care Act by Matt Stiles NPR - December 18, 2013
In recent months, NPR staff has published a serious of questions-and-answer stories related to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now we've compiled them into an interactive so you can explore answers that are most relevant to you....
Sacramento Bee: Questions and Answers on Obamacare
Healthcare Reform Explained:
This link provides a video tutorial on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or “Obamacare.” It goes in depth about the specific aspects of the PPACA, such as the individual mandate, pre-existing conditions, insurance exchanges, and subsidies. A link is provided below.
State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation)
This link provides health care related facts for each state and further answers questions that are broken down into multiple different categories like Medicare/Medicaid and youth health insurance.
THE DETAILS-INTERACTIVE SITES TO USE TO SEE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU (OR YOUR PATIENTS) WOULD QUAILFY FOR AND BENEFIT FROM IN CALIFORNIA
AARP Health Law Answers
This interactive site takes a person through eight windows that ask questions such as age, gender, the number of people in his or her household, tribal status, and current insurance coverage. The final window gives the person the report on how they will be covered.
Similar to the AARP tool, the healthcare.gov interactive web tool asks the user questions and then gives them eligible options based upon the questions that they answered.
CALIFORNIA WEBSITES-GOVERNEMNT WESBITES WITH INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO CALIFORNIA
Covered California – For Individuals and Families
This page provides a summary of California’s Health Care Exchange, Covered California, and online interactive tools to help the user learn more about Qualified Health Plans. It contains subsidy calculators, a listing of all health plans offered in each region, and the ability to compare plan rates.
Covered California – Health Plans Booklet
Covered California (Spanish)
Office of the Patient Advocate
This site is run by the state office of the Patient Advocate, a branch of California’s Department of Managed Health Care. It answers questions about health care reform, shows quality ratings for health plans in CA, and explains consumer rights and grievance procedures.