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The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Family Law

How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect health care eligibility, coverage, and enrollment of parties and their dependents in family law cases? How do changes in household composition or mixed immigration status alter ACA coverage?

This webinar informed family law, health care, and legal aid practitioners about the impact of the ACA on the practice of family law. Model decrees and settlement agreements that provide for health care coverage for the parties and dependents were covered. The presenters also discussed how to educate the court and judiciary about the issues involved in providing health care coverage through the ACA in dissolution cases.



Stephanie Altman, Assistant Director of Health Care Justice, Shriver Center

Stephanie represents clients in individual and class actions related to health care equity and also advocates for quality, accessible health care through administrative and legislative forums. Stephanie is on the board of Telligen and the Chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She is also on the Illinois Navigator Training Team for the Affordable Care Act and the Illinois Older Adult Services Advisory Committee and Balancing Incentives Project. Stephanie earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law and a B.A. from Grinnell College.

Joline Price, Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Joline Price is a staff attorney in the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. As a staff attorney, she represents low-income, elderly, and disabled clients across Pennsylvania in accessing Medical Assistance, Home and Community Based Services, CHIP, and Marketplace insurance and in challenging denials of medical services, medical equipment, and prescription medications. She also co-authored a desk reference for Pennsylvania Judges entitled, “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Family Court Decision-Making.” Joline is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received a Penn Law post-graduate fellowship supported by the law firm of Langer, Grogan & Diver to work on the intersection of the ACA and family law.

Further Reading

In response to some of the common themes of the questions asked during the webinar, the presenters suggest these resources:

American Indians/Alaskan Natives and the Indian Health Service:

COBRA and the Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period:

Earned Income Tax Credit:

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence and the ACA:

The ACA Generally and Specific Q and A:

Helpful Q and A on All Medicaid and Marketplace Eligibility, Including Scenarios on Custody, Child Support, and Tax Dependents:

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