In New York, 17 different plans will offer different levels of tiered coverage: platinum, gold, silver or bronze.
The so-called individual mandate, the centerpiece of the legislation, goes into effect on Oct. 1.
Massachusetts has lowest percentage of uninsured residents with only 4.5 percent; Texas has the highest with 28.8 percent. Generally the highest uninsured rates can be found in the South and West.
Young adults 19-34 years of age represent the group most likely to be uninsured. More than three-quarters of uninsured Americans come from working families.
Every American with health insurance, including Medicare, is now eligible for many preventive services that previously often required a co-payment, deductible or other out-of-pocket cost.
Health insurance companies can no longer deny or limit coverage for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
The new Patient’s Bill of Rights protects many basic rights of Americans when it comes to personal health care and dealing with insurance companies.
Several health coverage and care options are now available for individuals and families in lower income brackets.
While America has the most expensive health care system in the world, Americans do not live longer or have better health than people in most other developed countries.