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Understanding Health Insurance

These resources are for anyone shopping (or helping someone shop) for health coverage within the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare).

This year, open enrollment begins on Sunday, November 1, 2015, and ends Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Watch "Health Insurance Explained: The YouToons Have it Covered"

Our third YouToons video breaks down important insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. Available in English and Spanish.

Find Answers to 300 FAQs About Health Coverage

Detailed answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace. 18 FAQs are now available in Spanish.


What's Your Health Insurance IQ?

Take our quiz and find out!


Health Insurance Terms Explained in 3 Short Videos

What is a provider network? What’s the difference between a copay and coinsurance? Get the conversation started with our one-minute videos.

Living with HIV? Learn How the ACA Helps You

The Affordable Care Act (or ACA) makes health insurance easier to get and more affordable for many people with HIV. Find out about health insurance near you.

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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.