On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L., 111-148), into law. The law will help millions of uninsured Americans get health insurance coverage by providing tax credits to help defray the costs of purchasing private coverage and by expanding the number of people who can enroll in Medicaid. The law creates new health insurance Exchanges, where people will be able to shop for health coverage and find out if they qualify for help with the cost. It also makes many changes that will help ensure that enrolling in health coverage is simple and consumer-friendly.
Although the law was signed in 2010, most of the new coverage—and the tax credits to help pay for that coverage—will not be available until 2014. But, if you are looking for health coverage now, there may still be some help available. See our How to Enroll section for more information and helpful resources.