The Affordable Care Act: What Californians Should Know

This two-page guide highlights elements of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for Californians — whether or not they are currently insured.

July 2012

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), aimed at reforming the nation's health care system, became law in March 2010, but its implementation is staged over a number of years. Some provisions have already taken effect, and others will be implemented in 2014 and beyond.

This succinct guide — updated in July 2012 — is designed to acquaint Californians with the key ACA reforms that are likely to affect them. The guide includes:

  • A list of ACA reforms already in effect and the reforms scheduled to be implemented in 2014
  • The 2014 coverage options and cost considerations for uninsured Californians and their families
  • The 2014 coverage options, costs, and benefit considerations for Californians with insurance through employer plans, individually purchased plans, or Medicare
  • A description of potential federal developments, including the 2012 national election, that may affect implementation of the ACA or its individual provisions

This publication is available as a Document Download. JPEGs of the two charts are available for use in newsletters and other educational materials.