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ACA: Fact Sheets

The Affordable Care Act – also known as health reform or “Obamacare” – was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The health reform law has affected millions of Americans, including the autism community. Health insurance is complicated; Autism Speaks wants to help you make sense of the changes under health reform.

We have developed a series of fact sheets to provide straightforward  information about some of the law’s most significant reforms and how they might affect you.


The Affordable Care Act and the Autism Community

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Me?

What If I Do Not Have Health Insurance?

What If I Face A Life-changing Event? 

What If My Claim Is Denied? 

Factors to Consider when Shopping for Coverage

Insurance Reforms

Financial Assistance

Health Insurance Marketplaces

Medicaid Expansion

For questions about the new Health Insurance Marketplaces or how coverage will work in your state, visit or call the hotline (available 24/7) at 1-800-318-2596. For additional options, such as live chat or a connection to a person in your state that can help you understand your options, see this information. For questions about autism-related information, resources and opportunities, contact our Autism Response Team at