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Affordable Care Act For Dummies, Portable Edition

Affordable Care Act For Dummies, Portable Edition

Lisa Yagoda, Nicole Duritz, Joan Friedman (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-86944-4

May 2014

168 pages

Select type: Paperback


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An essential and easy-to-understand guide to the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act For Dummies is your survival guide to understanding the changes in our health care system and how they benefit you. Written in down-to-earth language, this handy resource outlines new protections under the Affordable Care Act, and walks you through what you—as an individual or an employer—need to do to select the best health insurance plan for your needs. With this book, you get answers to your top questions about how the law applies to you.

The folks that bring you the For Dummies line of useful, educational books have teamed up with AARP to give you a hands-on guide that offers insight into how to make the right decisions about health care and improve your quality of life. It is filled with examples, ideas, and information as well as useful takeaways to help you take full advantage of the reforms.

  • Uncover the 10 essential benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Receive guidance on what will improve if you already have insurance coverage
  • If you don't have coverage, determine which insurance program is right for you and your family and whether you're eligible for financial assistance
  • Find out what changes businesses large and small can anticipate
  • Learn how to avoid scammers who are taking advantage of consumers' confusion

Use this complete guide to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act, clear up any misconceptions you may have about the law, and prepare for the health care choices ahead.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with the Affordable Care Act 5

Chapter 1: The Nuts and Bolts of the Affordable Care Act 7

Chapter 2: Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace 29

Chapter 3: Knowing What You’re Buying 47

Chapter 4: Controlling Your Costs 65

Part II: Impacting Medicare, Small Businesses, and Special Groups 77

Chapter 5: Interacting with Medicare 79

Chapter 6: Shopping for Plans as a Small Business Owner 93

Chapter 7: Considering Special Circumstances 103

Part III: The Part of Tens 113

Chapter 8: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the ACA 115

Chapter 9: Ten Essential Benefits of the ACA 123

Appendix: Resources for More Information about the ACA 127

Index 131