patient protection and affordable care act (also called “Obamacare”)

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Me?: everything you need to know about health reform according to WAHA

Health Reform Cartoon: a video from the Kaiser Family Foundation that explains the entire act in less than ten minutes

Timeline: an interactive timeline from the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows what will happen when and to whom federal health care reform information

Washington Health Benefit Exchange: a place for Washingtonians to go to search, compare and enroll in health insurance online starting Oct 1 for coverage Jan 1

Wikipedia: a comprehensive play-by-play of how health reform is being implemented nation-wide

Library of Congress Legislative Database: information about health care legislation

washington state resources

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: easy-to-understand, one-page summary about health reform in Washington

The Washington State Health Care Authority: HCA oversees many health programs in Washington State, including Basic Health

The Washington State Medical Association: a membership organization representing physicians in Washington State

Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan (SHCIP)

Washington State grant application to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations for a Healthier Washington

national resources

The Commonwealth Fund: in depth articles about health care and health reform issues

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care: understand the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system with real data

Kaiser Family Foundation: a summary of the provisions in the health reform bill, an implementation timeline, a side-by-side comparison of other proposals, and other helpful information

Kaiser Health News: general information regarding numerous topics on health