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Everything You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is one of the most far-reaching laws in American history and is likely to affect almost all Americans in one way or another. It is also one of the most complicated laws, with repercussions that were little understood or appreciated at the time Congress passed it in 2010.

Three years after its passage—and almost 18 months after it was largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—it remains the subject of enormous division in the country, with many Republicans still hoping to stop it.

These Stateline stories help explain developments in the leadup to the Jan. 1 implementation of the most sweeping provisions of the law: the expansion of Medicaid eligibility (or not, in states that said “no” to expansion) and benefits for those who buy insurance on the new health insurance exchanges. Those exchanges opened for business Oct. 1.

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September 19, 2013
 

Expect Snags in ACA Rollout

There will be glitches when the major provisions of 'Obamacare' are implemented on Oct. 1. Even supporters expect complex problems in the federal health law rollout. More
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September 9, 2013
 

Health Insurance Navigators Draw Scrutiny From States

Many Republican-leaning states and GOP congressmen are demanding more oversight of Affordable Care Act workers. At least 16 states have passed or are considering laws. More
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June 5, 2013
 

Q&A: Will Consumers Find Bargains on Health Insurance Exchanges?

'ObamaCare' may make health insurance premiums higher, but subsidies will defray costs. CBO estimates the national average for individuals at $5,200 a year in 2014. More

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