Will you have health coverage in January? Beginning on January 1, 2014, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required by law to have qualified health coverage. Worthington Libraries is here to help you find the information you need to make informed choices.
As of October 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Read on to find out how to sign up for coverage. Check back often for additional updates.
There are four ways that consumers can sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
You may call the toll-free Help Center number: 1‑800‑318‑2596. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in multiple languages.
Sign up at the official government Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov (in Spanish: CuidadoDeSalud.gov). You can use the site to "shop" for the best insurance policy for yourself and your family.
Download and print an application form and instructions, or call the toll-free Help Center (1-800-318-2596) to have a copy of the paper application mailed to you.
Details are still being worked out, but you will be able to find people who are trained and certified to help by searching LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
Looking for more information or guidance? Check out these useful links.
Check out this website from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the main Affordable Health Care Act Navigator for Ohio, for in-person enrollment events across the state and a toll-free phone number to request assistance.
YooToons Get Ready for Obamacare
Don't know where to start? This brief animated video from the Kaiser Foundation explains the basics of the Affordable Care Act.
AARP Health Law Answers
Another good place to start is AARP Health Law Answers. Regardless of age, answering a short set of questions will give you a specialized report on how the Affordable Care Act works for you. This page also displays easy-to-find contact information for each agency.
Want to get involved? Enroll America is a nonpartisan organization that works to make the insurance enrollment process easy, accessible and widely available for consumers. Partners include health insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, employers and civic organizations.
Health Insurance Marketplace @ CMS.gov
If your organization or business would like to help consumers who need health coverage, visit this partner website from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to find promotional materials, set up educational sessions and add the official widgets to your website.
VA, Affordable Care Act, and You
Are you a veteran? Find out how the Affordable Care Act affects you from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.
General health resources
If you have additional health questions beyond health insurance coverage, we can recommend additional resources.
Consumer Reports Health (click the "Health" link under "Find ratings") contains info about how to choose a good healthcare plan, how to avoid "junk" insurance and general tips. The site has been updated for the changes this fall.
MedlinePlus is a website from the National Institute of Health. In addition to information on the National Care Act, you may also search conditions, diseases and wellness issues.
revised October 2013