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Health Care: A New Era

A 10-Minute Guide to Health Reform

Health Care: A New Era

UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping people live healthier lives.™ When it comes to health reform, our goal is simple: to help you understand what these changes mean for you.

We created this site to give you the basic facts in an easy-to-read format.

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When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, our country entered a new era of health care.

As the law of the land, health reform is changing how people get health care, how they get health insurance, what it costs and who pays for it. As a result, people are asking:

  • What's changing, and what's staying the same?
  • Should I get a different plan, or keep what I've got?
  • If I need a plan, how do I get one?

Make health reform work for you

With health care reform just weeks away, consumers find themselves in three situations. Learn how real people are making health care reform work for them:

Sections in this Guide

Understand the Basics Discover the Facts
Behind the Buzz
Learn About
Different Approaches
How does health reform work, and how might it affect you? Everybody's talking about health reform. What are the facts behind the buzz? See how nine different people make health reform work for them. Which one is most like you – or someone you know?

Health reform and you

Health insurance is a valuable benefit for employees, especially because many employers help pay a part of its cost. If you already have a health insurance plan through work, in most cases it's still your best choice, even with health reform in place.

So, this is good news for people with insurance through their employer – not all that much is changing for you. But if you want to learn more about what's changing and coverage choices under health reform, or know someone who needs health insurance, then this 10-minute guide can help. It explains the main changes, and shows how people, in different situations, can make health reform work for them.

Next: Understand the Basics