Timeline of the health care law
The Affordable Care Act is a set of health insurance reforms that started in 2010 and will continue to roll out in 2014 and beyond.
2014 is an important year. The Health Insurance Marketplace will offer a new way for people without insurance to get coverage and to find out if they can get lower costs for private insurance. They can also find out if they qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Also starting in 2014, people who do not have health coverage may have to pay a fine.
These pages lay out the important changes in the law from 2010 through 2015.
January 1: Coverage begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace
March 31: Open enrollment closes
- October 1: Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins
March 23, 2010: President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act