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A customer service agent at Covered California's Concord call center waves a flag for technical assistance during the opening day of enrollment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Concord, California October 1, 2013. Better known as "Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to provide a basic package of benefits and prohibits them from excluding people due to prior illnesses. The Act will provide billions of dollars in government subsidies, in the form of tax credits, to help individuals buy insurance on the basis of annual income from the health insurance marketplace such as Covered California, a state-implemented exchange.
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