Affordable Care Act: A Quick Introduction

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare or the Healthcare Reform Law is considered to be the most complex law enacted in recent times. Not only does the law affects thousands of organization, it greatly impacts how health insurance is bought and sold in the US. In essence it affects the entire population, citizens and non-citizens alike.

Some organizations have done a commendable job of publishing short educational videos to assist the public understand the law and evaluate its impact on them. Here are some select videos, which in my opinion can also be used as project orientation materials for all the professional involved.

The Law

The Affordable Care Act will change the way many of Americans receive and health care in the United States. This animated video series helps people understand what the health care law will mean, what it will cost and who will be affected by these changes when the changes go into effect.

Health Insurance Exchange or Marketplace

Part of the new health care reform law, online marketplaces called health insurance exchanges will be set up to help individuals and employers shop for and buy health insurance. This short infographic video explains what health insurance exchanges are as a part of health reform.

Medicaid Expansion

Under the new health care reform law, Medicaid will cover more low-income, disabled, and elderly people. This short infographic video explains how Medicaid will expand as a part of health reform.

The Donut Hole

The “Donut Hole” is a gap in coverage for prescription drugs for people on the Medicare, Part D program. The new health care law will help close this coverage gap which is a problem for many seniors. This short info-graphic video explains what the Medicare Part D donut hole is and how it changes under health reform.

Cost Sharing Reduction

Cost sharing is when you and your insurer each pay for part of your medical costs, like through a deductible or copayment, which lowers premiums and costs. How will the new health care reform law change your co-pay? This short infographic video explains what cost sharing is and how it changes under health reform.