Affordable Care Act

This page collects resources on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) selected by WVLS staff for the consideration of patrons and library staff who want to learn more about this law, its effects and how to participate.

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In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. Created by the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges, will be are set up to facilitate a more organized and competitive market for buying health insurance.

Since Wisconsin has declined to accept federal funds and set up a state sponsored exchange, the federal government has assumed full responsibility for running a health insurance exchange in Wisconsin. See below. Wisconsin’s decision to adjust the state’s Medicaid program to cover adults only earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,490 a year for a single person) will require those living above it to enter private insurance exchanges.  For information on Wisconsin Health Care Programs including BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin Medicaid, and prescription drug programs see ForwardHealth (Wisconsin Department of Health Services) below.

As key providers of information, Internet and digital literacy resources, libraries are encouraged to respond to ACA related information requests in the way that makes the most sense for their local communities. Libraries and library staff are not be expected to become ACA experts, but rather empowered with knowledge of available resources to which their patrons can be connected.

No federal or state funding has been allocated to public libraries to assist with enrollment. Librarians have long served as facilitators of reliable and accurate information when it comes to consumer legal, health and financial questions. Similar to the annual distribution of federal and state income tax forms, libraries provide access to the tools for ACA enrollment, but librarians are not be trained to provide specific advice to individuals in the selection of a plan.

These resources have been selected by WVLS staff for the consideration of patrons and library staff who want to learn more about this law, its effects and how to participate.



AARPAARP Healthcare Reform Law Fact Sheets

Get the facts about the Affordable Care Act with educational fact sheets from AARP’s department of Education & Outreach. Included are printable publications about the basics, the law and specific populations, provisions of the law, the law and Medicare, and information for small businesses. In Library Access: AARP Health Insurance home page.

Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports: Health Care News and Articles

Providing easy-to- understand comparative information to help consumers make the best decisions in the marketplace has been the mission of Consumer Reports for 76 years.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform

This website highlights resources examining Marketplaces and related issues. Kaiser is a nonprofit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. It serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. The Kaiser Family Foundation health insurance and savings calculator will give you a rough estimate of how much health insurance may cost. In Library Access.


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Wisconsin Department of Health Services

This website provides resources: BadgerCare, Consumer Guide to Health Care, Find a Health Care Facility or Care Provider, Family Care, End of Life Planning, Paying for Health Care in Wisconsin, and additional Wisconsin specific resources!


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