July 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

Understanding health care reform

News and explanatory stories on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Calculator: Health care discounts

Michigan has about 436,000 residents who could qualify for federal subsidies to purchase policies on the state’s health insurance exchange, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Are you one of them? Work the calculator to get subsidy estimates and insurance premiums available for coverage sold on the health exchange.

Interactive: Health care exchange problems

Problems, solutions and who's to blame.

Interactive: Explaining the key points

Animations show you what you need to know about the new law as it affects consumers, employers, taxes and more.

Important dates

  • Oct. 1: Launch of on-line health insurance exchanges, deadline for employers to notify workers about the health insurance exchanges.
  • Oct. 1 to March 31: Open enrollment period for the health exchange.
  • Jan. 1: Americans must be insured.
  • March 31: Grace period ends; afterwords, citizens may be penalized.
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