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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


Md. approves smaller rate hikes for CareFirst, lowers rates for 3 others


Regulators also lowered premium rates for Kaiser Foundation, Evergreen, All Savers health plans.


Administration warns some could lose health-care coverage on federal exchange

(KAREN BLEIER / Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Obama administration urges 300,000 to submit proof of eligibility based on citizenship or immigration status.


Poor planning and oversight led to flaws, GAO finds

(Jeff Roberson / AP)

Management failures by federal health officials led to cost increases and delays, investigators found.


Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, hospital expenses, trustee report says

But long-term challenges remain as graying population, higher medical costs cloud future.


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.