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The lingo: Know it so you won't blow it

  Catastrophic plan: You're young, poor and feel invincible — this is the plan for you. Only for those under 30. Offers low monthly cost, high yearly deductible, limited benefits. Basically, it's there in case you're in a major car acc...

You, Dr. McDreamy and the ACA

What are your options under the Affordable Care Act? Here are some examples — with the help of some (slightly re-imagined) characters from "Grey's Anatomy." Izzie, 24, single, no kids, doesn't smoke. Lives with mom and dad in Bangor while she saves up money for medic...

Making it happen: A step-by-step

Need insurance? Here's what you should do: Step 1. Check with your employer to see if health insurance will be offered. If it will, find out how much your share of the monthly premium will be. If it's unaffordable (more than 9.5 percent of family income to insure you), poo...

High anxiety? We've got your back.

Here's something you probably never thought you'd hear: Health insurance is about to get interesting. New discounts. New benefits. New rules. And a new place to buy.  Come Oct. 1, people can start signing up for health insurance in the new Affordable Care Act marketplace... 10

An ACA timeline

How health care coverage has evolved.

Where to get assistance and more info

There are more sources of information and help understanding how the Affordable Care Act affects you.

Just the FAQs ma'am

What is this "Affordable Care Act" of which you speak? It's a controversial 900-plus-page federal law (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It makes some sweeping changes to health care, like requi... 1

ACA heartburn? Here's your Rx

Affordable Care Huh? We break down the ACA, what it does and what it requires you to do. 35

Highlights of the Affordable Care Act

You have lots of questions about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The Sun Journal and the Bangor Daily News want to help you understand what the ACA will mean for you and your family. Through a 5-part series that begins Sunday and runs each Monday through Sept. 3...