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ACA Implementation Starts to Get Real

President Obama spoke extensively about implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during his recent press conference, particularly about what it means for people:

So there are a whole host of benefits that, for the average American out there, for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing has already happened. And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better, more secure than it was before…. The implementation issues come in for those who don’t have health insurance.

The President’s comments come amid reports that the American people remain confused about how the ACA (or “Obamacare”) will work. People will come to understand much more about the law as federal, state, and private outreach campaigns kick into high gear this summer, but now may be a good time to review how different segments of the public will (and will not) be affected by the ACA. Here’s a quick primer, reviewing what the law will mean for various groups based on their current health insurance status.

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