CRS issues research tool for the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148) has numerous provisions affecting private health insurance and public health coverage programs. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report that provides resources to help answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the law. The report lists selected resources regarding consumers, employers, and other stakeholders, with a focus on federal sources. It also lists CRS reports that summarize the ACA’s provisions. The report begins with links to contacts for specific ACA questions, such as consumer assistance programs, state agencies, and local organizations that can answer constituents’ questions directly. For example, the federal HealthCare.gov website has a consumer telephone hotline for questions on exchange (marketplace) coverage, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has individual and employer hotlines for tax-related questions (e.g., about premium tax credits), and the U.S. Department of Labor has a consumer hotline for questions on employer-based coverage. (Congressional Research Service, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions, Report R43215, July 2, 2015.))

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