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    Affordable Care Act

    What is the Affordable Care Act?

    The Affordable Care Act is part of a comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ website, the law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.  While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years. Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

    Affordable Care Act Stories

    Healthcare forum gives Arkansans a heads up

    10:41 PM, Jan 14, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act was front and center at the state capitol on Tuesday night.

    Arkansas Medicaid launches second component of payment improvement initiative

    2:52 PM, Jan 14, 2014

    Hundreds of primary care physicians in Arkansas will soon begin receiving supplemental monthly payments to help them provide better and more comprehensive patient care as part of Medicaid's effort to transform the state's health care system.

    2014 data shows private option enrollments in hundreds or more in each county

    4:14 PM, Jan 10, 2014

    The first county-level review of "Private Option" data in 2014 shows widespread enrollment with hundreds, and in many cases thousands, of people in each county now getting health care coverage under the new program, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) on Friday.

    Government to drop lead contractor of health care site

    3:10 PM, Jan 10, 2014

    The government announced Friday it is changing contractors for the troubled HealthCare.gov website, ditching lead contractor CGI Federal.

    Health care changes to watch for in 2014

    5:57 AM, Jan 2, 2014

    Pricing transparency, possible Medicaid expansion by states and the law's impact on elections are all things to watch.

    ACA marketing efforts to uninsured 'young invincibles' ramp up

    8:30 PM, Jan 1, 2014

    The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

    Healthcare Act enrollment numbers surge

    10:36 PM, Dec 30, 2013

    There's been a surge in enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Medicaid expands private option plan

    5:41 PM, Dec 27, 2013

    More than 93,000 people have enrolled in Arkansas' 'private option' health insurance plans.

    Healthcare website causes frustration

    10:28 PM, Dec 26, 2013

    The deadline to get signed up for health insurance is causing much frustration.

    Health insurance deadline has passed

    9:26 PM, Dec 25, 2013

    The deadline for signing up for health insurance under President Obama's health care law has passed, but there are still things consumers should do, according to experts.

    Health Insurance deadline looms

    5:37 PM, Dec 23, 2013

    Monday is supposed to be D-Day for healthcare enrollment if you want coverage by January 1st, but a one day grace period has just been granted.

    Obama signs up through DC health care exchange

    2:41 PM, Dec 23, 2013

    In a symbolic step, President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges created by his health care overhaul.

    Monday marks key health care deadline

    8:42 PM, Dec 22, 2013

    Monday marks the last day to sign up through the federal and state health exchanges to have insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1.

    White House details impact on Arkansans

    10:38 PM, Dec 19, 2013

    The White House released a report today on how the new affordable healthcare act is affecting Arkansans.

    Arkansas Insurance Commissioner issues statement regarding Affordable Care Act announcement

    5:46 PM, Nov 14, 2013

    The President announced on Thursday that the federal government would delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's market reforms in 2014 for plans that are currently in effect.