Affordable Care Act Resources

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 addresses gaps in coverage for many populations, including individuals with genetic disorders and special health care needs.  Click here to read the complete SCOTUS decision regarding the ACA.

The NGA Center for Best Practices is an informational resource providing guidance on a variety of policy issues for governors and their staff. Focus areas include Medicaid cost containment, state employee and retiree health benefits, maternal and child health, prescription drug abuse prevention and health insurance exchange planning.

The State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program works to provide assistance to leaders at the state level to move health reform forward.  SCI has various services and products providing policy and technical assistance.  SCI is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation administered by the AcademyHealth. is a resource to help Americans determine the best health insurance for them.  Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace to find the best, affordable coverage for you. If you already have insurance, visit here to discover how the ACA protects you.

The Catalyst Center is a national organization working to improve health care financing and coverage for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).  The Catalyst Center is dedicated to developing strategies to: cover more kids, close benefit gaps, pay for additional services, and build strategies.  The Catalyst Center also provides excellent information and resources regarding the ACA and the effects it will have on CYSHCN. The Online State-at-a-Glance Chartbook on Coverage and Financing of Care for CYSHCN presents data for each of the 50 states, including DC and Puerto Rico, regarding coverage and financing for CYSHCN.

State Reforum is an online network for health reform implementation.  Also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy, State Reforum is host to a number of documents, discussions, webinars, and additional information about the health reform process in various states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization which serves legislators and staff members of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL has a federal health reform state legislative tracking database available. The site also has an informative section on Health Reform Implementation.

Among many other issues in health care, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has done analysis of health care reform, and has many informational resources available to the public, including frequently asked questions and a timeline of the ACA implementation.