Driving to my office this morning, I heard a report on National Public Radio about the work being done by a nonprofit called Enroll America. With big changes coming to the U.S. health care arena along with the 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there is a lot to learn—both as a health professional and a health care consumer.

As a small-business owners, all massage therapists need liability coverage to protect their practices, but how many of you carry health insurance to protect yourself should you get in an accident or receive a diagnosis? Today, many massage therapists do not have health care coverage; but come 2014, that will have to change.

The Affordable Care Act mandates that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance or pay a penalty—which is a simplification of the law. You can read the law in its entirety here.

Even though I’ve been reporting on how the Affordable Care Act could alter opportunities for massage professionals (see “State-by-State Campaign Launched to Support Complementary Health Care’s Coverage by Health Insurance, as Mandated by the Affordable Care Act”), for awhile now, there are still some aspects of the law that I haven’t been completely clear on.

Cut to Enroll America, and I feel more clear. The group’s website (www.enrollamerica.org) features articles, videos, and links to the most-important sources of information to bring consumers up to date on the Affordable Care Act.

With implementation just months away now, don’t wait to figure this out. Get covered!