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En Español | On Thursday, June 27th, Anaí Ibarra of AARP California was invited to join Guillermo Ahumada, host of the television show “Frente a Frente” (“Face to Face”) on KRCA 62 Estrella TV, to discuss the Affordable Care Act. Anaí will share additional information in another Spanish-language interview tonight, July 2nd, at 8:00 p.m. on the “Café con Leche” radio show airing on W Radio 690 AM. You can listen live online tonight at the “Café con Leche” website.

The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for people to get, keep and afford health care benefits. Beginning in October, health insurance exchanges will open in every state to make it easier for people without insurance, small businesses, and self-employed workers to buy private health insurance. Here in California, the exchange is called Covered California. Coverage will begin in January 2014, but starting October 1st, any American can compare plans and buy health insurance online.

Other important changes include the ability for parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until they reach age 26. Right now, plans cannot deny coverage for children age 19 who have preexisting conditions; starting next year, that provision will extend to people of all ages. Insurance companies are also prohibited from dropping health coverage due to illness.

Many benefits of the health care law are already in place and others will phase in gradually over the next few years. AARP will continue to keep you informed about how the Affordable Care Act benefits you and your family. For more details, visit the AARP Health Law Guide for a customized report of how the law impacts you and check out our fact sheets online.

If you’d like to stay informed about our work to share information on the Affordable Care Act, sign up for our state email and join us on Facebook and Twitter.