The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The ACA provides for establishment of an electronic marketplace where individuals may shop for insurance. This electronic marketplace, called an "Exchange," allows individuals to buy Qualified Health Plans (QHP) with Essential Health Benefits (EHB). Individuals purchasing health plans sold through an Exchange may be eligible for cost assistance. The first open enrollment period is currently running and will close on March 31, 2014. To learn more about the new marketplace, visit the federal exchange at HealthCare.gov.