17 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Care Act

Baffled by "Obamacare"? You’re not alone. Polls show few Americans understand the health reform law. And many uninsured adults say they’ve heard nothing at all about the law’s key feature: health insurance marketplaces that opened for business in every state on October 1.

"That’s why we’re working overtime to make sure folks across the country know what’s to come," said Jessica Barba Brown, national communications director for Enroll America, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit coalition dedicated to ensuring that eligible Americans get coverage. If you’re uninsured or lack adequate health insurance, now’s the time to do something about it. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

Next: You must have health insurance