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This page has been created for a course for Community Health Workers in the Houston area.  If you have any suggestions to improve the page, please feel free to let us know.

Affordable Care Act-- Does it affect your clientele?

Most of us have questions about how we are impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as "ObamaCare".  You may even be asked about the ACA by your clientele.

These links and documents help provide some answers as to what is in place now and what will be phased in over the next few years.

Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014 (Institute of Medicine, PDF)

  • This is designed for you and other healthcare workers.  You will be probably be asked questions about the ACA, so won't it nice to be a little better informed?  Of course, you won't be able to answer everything, which is why the IOM has come up with:

The New Health Care Law and You (Institute of Medicine, PDF)

  • This is written in plain speak, i.e. they designed it for the consumer and not researchers or policy makers.  The IOM even tested this document with different groups to make certain it was easy to understand, and the questions and answers were clear and jargon-free.

Texas: Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Centers (US Health Services and Resources Administration)

  • Texas has 67 health centers with 388 sites that served 1,085,199 patients last year,  51.43 percent of them uninsured. With their Outreach and Enrollment funding, the health centers listed below expect to hire 193 additional workers, who will assist 369,195 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.