- Michele Brown
Learn how the new federal health care law affects you at HealthCare.gov, the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help you find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.
Open enrollment for health insurance begins on October 1, 2013, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. With one simple application, you can compare all the plans available to you and check whether you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. You may enroll online, by mail, or in person. To apply and enroll online, or to print an application form to mail in, visit HealthCare.gov. Telephone assistance is available 24/7 to help you complete your application. Call 1-800-318-2596. For in-person assistance, your librarian can refer you to the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and Certified Application Counselors for your locale.
You will need to provide some information when you apply, so make sure you have the following available for yourself and your household:
Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household
A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. (You’ll need to fill out this form even for coverage you’re eligible for but don’t enroll in.)
The library offers free Internet access—use our public computers or our WiFi connection—should you wish to explore your options at HealthCare.gov or enroll online with your personal computer. If you need help using a computer, we’re here for you. Ask us about our one-on-one Training on Demand sessions tailored just for you.
You can also learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace at a community forum on Monday, September 23, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Headquarters Library.Dr. Chris Lillis and Bill Botts, ACA Marketplace Navigator, will present. A question-and-answer session is included.