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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) had numerous
provisions affecting private health insurance and public health coverage programs. This report
provides resources to help congressional staff respond to constituents' frequently asked questions
(FAQs) about the ACA. It lists selected resources regarding consumers, employers, and other
stakeholders, with a focus on federal sources. It also lists Congressional Research Service (CRS)
reports that summarize the ACA's provisions.
This report begins with links to contacts for constituents' specific questions on insurance
coverage (such as state insurance departments and the U.S. Department of Labor's consumer
hotline for questions on employer-based coverage) and contacts for questions about
HealthCare.gov and ACA tax provisions. It also lists sources for congressional staff to contact
federal agencies with ACA questions.
The report then provides basic consumer sources, including a glossary of health coverage terms
and sources for obtaining the law's full text. The next sections focus on the individual mandate,
private health insurance, exchanges, and employer-sponsored coverage. These are followed by
information on public health care programs, such as Medicaid, the State Children's Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare. The report also provides sources on the ACA's
provisions on specific populations: women's health care, Indian health care, veterans' and
military health care, and the treatment of noncitizens under the ACA. These are followed by
sources on behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders); public health,
workforce, and quality; and state innovation waivers. Finally, the report lists sources on taxes,
congressional efforts to repeal or amend the ACA, ACA agency audits and investigations, cost
estimates and spending, insurance coverage statistics, and legal and regulatory issues.
This list is not a comprehensive directory of all resources on the ACA but rather is intended to
address some questions that may arise frequently.
Congressional Research Service
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Napili, Angela. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions, report, October 23, 2018; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1393657/m1/2/?q=medicare: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.