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[Excerpt] The report provides basic consumer sources, including a glossary of health coverage terms. The next sections focus on health coverage: the individual mandate, private health insurance, and exchanges, as well as public health care programs, such as Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicare, Indian health care, and veterans’ and military health care. It then lists sources on employer-sponsored coverage, including sources on employer penalties, small businesses, federal workers’ health plans, and union health plans. It also provides sources on the ACA’s provisions on mental health, public health, workforce, quality, and taxes. Finally, the report lists sources on ACA costs and appropriations, legal issues, the treatment of noncitizens under the ACA, and sources for obtaining the law’s full text.

This list is not a comprehensive directory of all resources on the ACA but rather is intended to address a few questions that may arise frequently.


Suggested Citation
Napili, A. (2015). Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for frequently asked questions. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

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