Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a piece of legislation that was developed to help insure health benefits to millions of Americans. This Act has become a very contested piece of legislation. Clemson Extension does not take a position and will remain objective on this Act. Clemson Extension will provide information and material that allow consumers, self-employed individuals and their families, small businesses, and farms to make informed decisions about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

With the complexity of this legislation additional information continues to be released by U.S. agencies and departments involved with regulating the ACA. As new information is made available this website will continue to grow and update previously released material. All of the information and materials found on this site were current as of the date they were prepared and released. We will strive to update material in a timely manner as new information comes forward. 

Clemson Extension always recommends that you contact your legal, tax, and other professional advisors prior to taking any steps to meet the requirements of the ACA as this is a very complex act and each individual, farm, or business’ situation is unique. 

If you have any questions or find that any information needs to be updated, please feel free to contact Adam J. Kantrovich, Ph.D. at

General & Tax Information

Farm and Business Mandate Requirements and Information

Individual Mandate Requirements and Information

Federal Phone Numbers for Employers

There are now 3 separate phone lines to help small employers get information about health insurance coverage for their employees. The Federally-facilitated SHOP Call Center line is available to help employers, employees, assisters, and agents and brokers get assistance with the Federally-facilitated SHOP Marketplace; the Cancellation Call Center line is available for employers whose grandfathered plans have been canceled to get help understanding their options; and the ACA Employer Call Center line is available for employers to get help understanding their responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. Call center representatives are available to help Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat - Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

  • The General SHOP Call Center line: 1-800-706-7893 TTY: 711
  • The Cancellation Call Center line: 1-866-837-0677 TTY: 711
  • The ACA Employer Call Center line: 1- 800-355-5856 TTY: 711