There has been a lot of news coverage recently anticipating the launch of the ACA's health insurance exchanges next week. With the ACA remaining a political hot potato, there is also a substantial amount of misinformation floating around. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and other entities like WebMD, are trying to provide resources that enable people to understand the changes that are coming. Even if the political rhetoric were set aside, it would be challenging for health care providers and consumers to understand all the implications of the ACA for their practices and families. Still, it is important to remember that many aspects of our health care system currently are difficult to understand, and believe it or not, after the kinks are worked out, some of the ACA's changes will likely simplify things, especially for people who purchase insurance as individuals. This article from Kaiser Health News does a good job comparing the different ways Missouri and Illinois are approaching ACA implementation. What's happening in those states is probably representative of what's occurring in many others. For more information about how health insurance exchanges impact OT practitioners and consumers, check out this earlier blog post.