Help with the Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment has begun! If you haven't enrolled yet, you have until March 31, 2014 to sign up. Worthington Libraries is here to help you find the information you need to make informed choices.

If you have already signed up and are not sure what to do next, we can help with that too!

Sign up

There are four ways that consumers can sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Phone

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.

Online

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.

Mail

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.

In-person

Find people who are trained and certified to help by searching LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.

Get help

Looking for more information or guidance? Check out these useful links.

Using Your Insurance Coverage
Once you are enrolled, check out HealthCare.gov for tips on taking the next step.

OhioForHealth.org
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.

Enroll America
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 January 2014