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To help readers understand and maneuver through Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — the Washington Post has published a variety of consumer stories, FAQs, online chats and video segments, linked below. Check back for regular updates.

Calculator: How much will you pay for insurance?

Archived chats:

From plans to premiums: Details from health experts

Obamacare enrollment: How does it work?

Obamacare Q&A: Health reporters Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby


Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies

(Kennedy Elliott)

Judges in one circuit rule tax subsidies illegal, but hours later another panel upholds them.


Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

(Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)

Despite false documents, federal subsidies, policies through were obtained.


New challenge for Obamacare: Enrollees who don’t understand their insurance plans

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

Nonprofits are being swamped by consumers who don’t understand the basics of health insurance.


Health-care exchanges are not properly ensuring applicants’ eligibility, probe finds

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

Inquiry finds that marketplaces lack the controls to properly verify applicants’ information.


HHS sets enrollment rules for year two of Obamacare

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

New rules will try to spare many people the need to reapply, but not everyone.


As health-care law’s employer mandate nears, firms cut worker hours, struggle with logistics

(Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman)

Some companies are cutting workers’ hours, while others are struggling with implementation’s costs and logistics.


HHS’s Burwell makes management changes

(Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

A “chief executive officer” will be hired to oversee the operations of


District residents find long delays getting health insurance from private plans

(Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post / For The Washington Post )

Applications were completed on time, but consumers aren’t hearing back from private insurers.


CareFirst seeks price hikes for individual health plans

(Michael McCloskey / iStockphoto)

Md. regulators must review and approve final 2015 rates for consumers in individual market.


Opponents of health-care law turn to faith-based nonprofits to cover medical expenses

(Edward Linsmier for The Washington Post / For The Washington Post)

Christian co-ops are an increasingly popular way to skirt the Affordable Care Act, but experts advise caution.