The New and Improved Healthcare.Gov

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Wondering what the Affordable Care Act means for your family? Curious about what new health programs are being put into place? Well, you're not the only one, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to help. They've just relaunched the official government portal to learn about health care reform: Healthcare.Gov.

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One key element of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces, open for enrollment on October 1--that's just 71 days away. Healthcare.gov offers information about how marketplaces will operate in different states, and helps visitors estimate what their health insurance costs may be. It answers questions about coverage, qualifying for Medicaid, and what premiums will look like, in addition to offering resources for small business owners, young adults, and others.

Not a native English speaker? Not to worry--Healthcare.gov is also available in Spanish, and offers resources in six other languages. At the National Council de la Raza's annual conference last week, Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at HHS, pointed out the importance of the Affordable Care Act in reducing health disparities among all communities. "If we're to give every Latino, every American, a chance to reach their full potential," she said, "We need to start with improving health," particularly among minority communities.

You can also expect to see Healthcare.Gov television ads, blog posts, and events throughout the summer as the Department of Health and Human Services continues to get the word out about how and why to sign up for health insurance marketplaces.

If you're looking for more information about what an insurance marketplace in your state might look like, check out our interactive map below!