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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010 to drastically reduce the number of Americans who lack access to affordable health insurance. Key provisions went into effect January 1, 2014: The Health Insurance Marketplace, which provides consumers with a way to compare insurance plans in their state and apply for subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance, and Medicaid Expansion. The Insurance Marketplaces opened in every state on October 1, 2013, and states have the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income, childless adults.

HUD Secretary Castro’s Message on Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

Housing & Health (H2) Initiative

HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs and Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have launched an onsite technical assistance (TA) initiative to assist Continuum of Care (CoC), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) recipients with carrying out comprehensive planning activities to increase housing participants’ access to healthcare resources at the systems level. HUD has selected nine sites (covering at least 28 CoCs) to proceed to the planning stage of this TA initiative. Each selected community will work directly with expert TA providers and facilitators to plan a specialized session catered to its specific needs. These eight action planning sessions follow two pilot sessions that took place in Nevada and Virginia in December and January.

ACA State & Territory Profiles

States and US Territories have flexibility in how they implement Medicaid/Medicaid Expansion and Health Care Reform. This spreadsheet provides an overview of how each state and territory is implementing health reform.

View ACA State Profiles