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NORWALK, Conn., (September 23, 2013) -- Starting today and running all week, HealthDay will publish a five-part series examining the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's landmark yet controversial health-reform law that will affect virtually all Americans.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, aims, among other changes, to offer expanded health-care coverage to millions of Americans currently without insurance. It seeks to do this, in part, by requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a tax. Several key provisions of the law take effect Oct. 1.

The stories will focus on different segments of the U.S. population and how the law will affect them.

bulletThe first-day main story discusses so-called health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, which are designed to function like "shopping malls" for health insurance. The first day of the series also includes a story that explains why younger adults' participation is key to making the health-reform package work.
bulletThe second-day story looks at how the Affordable Care Act will affect workers with job-based health coverage.
bulletThe third-day story discusses the law's impact on workers who don't have insurance through their jobs.
bulletThe fourth-day story looks at the law's impact on Medicaid recipients and others without the money to buy health insurance.
bulletThe fifth-day story explores the law's likely impact on Medicare and the people who rely on that government-run insurance program.

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