Affordable Care Act


This information guide contains information pertaining to new Health Care regulations being introduced as the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act includes sweeping changes and a number of options in healthcare coverage. There are a wide variety of resources available online that provide information about these
options, and how to choose what is best for you.

The library cannot provide recommendations on care choices for individuals but we hope to make available the necessary information for our library users to make informed decisions that best
suit their needs.




November 15

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins.

December 31

Date when all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled.


January 1

Coverage begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace if you apply by December 15,
2014, or if you accept automatic enrollment in your 2014 plan or a similar plan.

February 15

The last day to enroll in 2015 coverage. If you miss this deadline, you can’t sign up for a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace for the rest of 2015. The only exception is if you
qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

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The Health Insurance Marketplace will offer a new way for people without insurance to get
coverage and to find out if they can get lower costs for private insurance. They can also
find out if they qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

People who do not have health coverage may have to pay a fee.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Insurance Cost and Savings Calculator: Get a rough estimate of how much health insurance may cost in 2015.

For more information and to read updates,  you can also find on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter


Have health insurance questions?

Chat with or call 1-800-318-2596 to receive help in one of 150 languages.

Texas Department of Information: How Federal Health Reform will Affect You

Visit Foundation Community’s website, Insure Central Texas or call 211 for more information about getting
help in Central Texas.

Nonpartisan Explanation of Health Reform from The Kaiser Foundation