Affordable Care Act

Ensuring Access and Coverage for All

Vision for U.S. Health Care

As stated in our Vision for U.S. Health Care, CHA strongly advocates a health care system in which everyone has access to quality and affordable care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has taken significant steps toward expanding access to health insurance coverage, and improving the quality of care in our delivery system.

CHA continues to be actively engaged with Congress as they consider legislation affecting our health systems as well was with efforts to enroll individuals and families who are eligible for health insurance. Resources will be made available to help CHA members take action and get the word out about the Affordable Care Act and Open Enrollment.

Find additional information on advocacy and implementation and education and enrollment.


Realizing Our Vision for U.S. Health Care

A resource that assesses the health reform law relative to the values and principles named in CHA's Vision document.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace closed on December 15, 2017 for states using the federal marketplace.

Learn more about where people in your state can enroll in coverage.
Note that some state based marketplaces have a longer enrollment period than the federally facilitated states.

Health Insurance Marketplace Info


Tennessee couple doubts ACA replacement will serve patients' interests

Catholic Health World - June 15, 2017

Marjorie and Tim Riley of Bartlett, Tenn., describe themselves as private people, but they are telling their own story to illustrate the need for affordable, quality health insurance. It's something that has been a worry of theirs for decades, as they often didn't know from year to year if they could pay for needed health insurance.

Marjorie, better known as Bonnie, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994 at age 33, when she was a stay-at-home mother. She woke up one morning unable to see out of her right eye.
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California woman credits marketplace insurance with saving her life

Catholic Health World - June 1, 2017

When Kellie Pearson of Olivehurst, Calif., reflects on the nearly two decades she went without health insurance coverage while also struggling with a life-threatening heart condition, she is most saddened by the collateral damage done to her loved ones.

Her daughter and stepson were in early elementary school in the late 1990s when Pearson began having debilitating arrhythmias related to a genetic heart disease. Pearson recalls now how the children often would check on her when she was napping, to make sure she was still alive. 
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Now insured, Chattanooga woman poised for comeback

Catholic Health World – March 15, 2017

Etta Hill is ready for things to turn up again, and she hopes that now that she has insurance, she'll be able to have a fresh "restart."

The 61-year-old widow had been living in California for decades, working as a nurse, with full insurance coverage, when in late 2014, her parents in Chattanooga, Tenn., fell ill. Hill moved back to her hometown — first temporarily and then permanently — to care for them. In December 2014, shortly after Hill's move, her mother died of complications from colon cancer surgery.
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