Improving Health Care Coverage

Accessible and Affordable for All

The AAFP has long supported health care coverage for all. The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 introduced a number of reforms to ensure greater access to health insurance for all Americans. The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplaces provide a comprehensive one-stop resource for consumers to research insurance plans, receive financial assistance, and purchase health insurance coverage. Plans offered on the Marketplaces include coverage protections established under the ACA including nondiscriminatory coverage of individuals with pre-existing conditions, no lifetime coverage limits, and options for individuals to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26. In addition, all Marketplace plans are required to provide minimum levels of coverage, known as essential health benefits(

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Information for family physicians from the AAFP on health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Understand how the legislation improves access to quality health care for all Americans.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP allows states to expand health coverage voluntarily to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for traditional Medicaid but too low to afford private health insurance.


Stay up-to-date on changes relating to the Medicaid program, one of the largest health plans in the U.S.


The AAFP continues to advocate for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage under Medicare.