Healthcare Glossary

Affordable Care Act

Also known as ACA, PPACA, or Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act is the comprehensive healthcare reform law enacted in March 2010. While the Affordable Care Act has many proponents and opponents, importantly, it enacted basic patient protections to help young people and those with pre-existing conditions access insurance coverage.


A request to a health insurance company to review a decision denying a benefit, service, or payment.