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The Affordable Care Act for You and Your Family

See also: Health Care Reform and Health & Medical Assistance.


Affordable Care Act

    A federal government website created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.
    • Find Insurance Options in Pennsylvania
      This federal tool will help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it's private insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you.
  • Health Insurance and Health Plans

    • JD Power Healthcare Ratings
      Published by JD Power and Associates, this global marketing information firm conducts independent and unbiased surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality and buyer behavior. It rates health plans both local and across the country in 8 categories including: approval process, choice of doctors and hospitals, coverage benefits, claims processing, and insurance statements.
    • NCQA Health Plan Report Card
      The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. You can find a private health insurance provider or check your current provider with NCQA's interactive Health Plan Report Card database, updated monthly, that includes all companies licensed to sell health insurance in Pennsylvania. Health plans that meet the standards for quality of care and service receive NCQA Accreditation, a nationally recognized as a seal of approval.
    • PA Health Options
      "The Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Unbiased Guide to Understanding Health Insurance"
      • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
        CHIP covers all uninsured PA kids & teens.
      • PA Fair Care
        PA Fair Care is Pennsylvania’s health plan for uninsured adults with pre-existing conditions. This temporary plan offers transitional insurance coverage until the broader coverage provisions of federal health insurance reform come to fruition in January 2014.


      This is the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare and the first place to look for answers to any Medicare questions. "The Medicare & You" guide is available here and the site also has links to compare local health plans, medigap policies, nursing homes, home health agencies and hospitals.
      Apprise is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare D and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about health insurance.

    Long Term Care

      This National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides information about the cost of long-term care and how to pay for it and includes a detailed overview of both public programs and private insurance.
    • Pennsylvania Department of Insurance: Long-Term Care Insurance
      Long term care information includes a directory of approved insurance companies licensed in Pennsylvania that offer long-term care policies. Policy rates are shown for each of the six categories of long-term care policies that a company offers.

Pittsburgh Resources

  • Be Well Pittsburgh!
    This website compiles information about health resources in the Pittsburgh area in order to improve uninsured Pittsburghers' awareness of and access to health care resources.

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Subject LC Classification
HD 7102-7125
R 728

Selected Books

Nather, David
The New Health Care System: Everything You Need to Know
KF3605.A328201 A2 2010bx
"Providing clear, concise answers to countless questions about sweeping health care reform signed into law by President Obama in early 2010, Nather, a senior writer for Congressional Quarterly, has created an indispensible guide." -- Publishers Weekly

Last updated October 02, 2013