The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ACA, was signed into law on March 23, 2010 in an effort to improve the health of Americans.

This bill marks the largest change to America’s health care system since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965.

But what does the Affordable Care Act do exactly, and how is it supposed to improve our health?

The Affordable Care Act addresses the four areas, based on things that lawmakers felt would help us improve our health:

  1. Health care services
  2. Physical activity and nutritious food
  3. Mental well-being
  4. Cost

Learn more about each of these four areas, and specifically what will change on our Affordable Care Act Priorities page.

So what about all the questions we've heard debated in the media? Click on any of the questions below for answers:

  1. When will the Affordable Care Act start affecting us?
  2. What do these changes mean for the San Luis Valley?
  3. Can we afford this?
  4. What if the Affordable Care Act had not been passed?
  5. Does our health care system really need to be changed?