Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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Open Enrollment starts November 15, 2014. For coverage starting as early as January 1, 2015, be sure to enroll by December 15, 2014. Open Enrollment ends February 15, 2015.

If you live in North Carolina and need help, NC Get Covered  has provided information here to assist with any issues or concerns that are particular to the area you live in.

Below is a video of Congressman Butterfield outling important information, resources to use, and steps to take on applying for healthcare enrollment and coverage.

The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care more affordable, accessible and of a higher quality, for families, seniors, businesses, and taxpayers alike. This includes previously uninsured Americans, and Americans who had insurance that didn’t provide them adequate coverage and security. The Department of Health and Human Services has provided factual information that outlines the benefits of the ACA.

Here are just a few more reasons why uninsured or underinsured Americans should explore

  • $1 Trillion – The Affordable Care Act is projected to deliver $1 trillion dollars in tax credits and other assistance to help individuals obtain affordable, quality coverage over the next ten years. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]
  • $12 Billion – Over 8 million seniors and Americans with disabilities have received $12 billion in Medicare prescription drug savings. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]
  • $9 Billion – American consumers have saved $9 billion since 2011 because insurance companies are now required to spend at least 80% of every premium dollar they receive on quality health care rather than profits or overhead. [Department of Health & Human Services, 10/7/14]
  • 10.3 Million – Since the start of the 2014 open enrollment, 10.3 million uninsured adults have obtained health care coverage. [Department of Health & Human Services, 10/7/14]
  • 6 Million – Approximately 6 million young adults have been able to stay insured through their parent’s health plan until age 26. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]
  • 80 Percent – For the 2014 plan year, over 80 percent of Americans with coverage through the federal Marketplace received tax credits to reduce their premiums. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]
  • 26 Percent – In one year, the number of uninsured adults has been reduced by 26 percent. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]
  • 25 Percent – In 2015, there will be a 25% increase in the total number of insurers selling health insurance plans in the Marketplace. [Committee on Ways & Means, 11/12/14]

Download an electronic PDF version of this information here.

When you apply for or renew your coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide some information about you and your household, including income, any insurance coverage you currently have, and some additional items. Use this checklist to help you gather what you need and follow these 5 easy steps to apply for coverage

Stay up-to-date about the Marketplace. Visit to get email or text updates that will help you get ready to apply.

If you have any concerns about the ACA, please e-mail Congressman Butterfield here.