Don’t be surprised when you receive notification from your employer of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, called Covered California in our state. Employers are required to notify all employees that they may enroll in a health care exchange.

If you are uninsured or only partially insured, Covered California may provide you the option to purchase reduced-rate health insurance. The initial six-month open enrollment period begins October 1 and lasts through March 31, 2014.

>To learn more, go to http://www.cft.org/key-issues-2/aca.html or telephone 888-975-1142. To enroll, go to the state-sanctioned website coveredca.com.