On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act will protect consumers, make coverage more affordable, and expand health care access. Starting January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
California was the first state in the nation to enact legislation to start implementing the Affordable Care Act. It created Covered California, a marketplace where Californians can buy health coverage that cannot be denied or canceled if they are sick or have pre-existing health conditions. Starting January 2014, Californians will have access to quality health coverage through Covered California, with pre-enrollment commencing in October 2013.