Recent Blog Articles

Staying Healthy

What the Affordable Care Act means for you

Updated: January 01, 2014


Photo: Thinkstock

Here's how to make sense of your new benefits under the ACA.

The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were scheduled to start January 1. By that date, all Americans are required to carry health insurance. Coverage is available to those who don't have it through the Health Insurance Marketplace. (As we went to press, the Marketplace website was experiencing some technical issues, but the government was working to repair them, and said the site should be fixed by the time you read this.) If you're still confused about the ACA and its terms, here's an overview.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.

Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.

  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »

I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.

Sign Me Up

Already a member? Login ».


As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.