This guide to print and online health resources lists resources deemed useful, authoritative and current. It does not include materials pertinent only to specific diseases or conditions; for such materials, please ask a librarian for assistance. This guide is for informational purposes and is not a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider.
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, begins on November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. Plans and estimated prices for 2015 coverage will be available to preview in early November.
There are four ways that consumers can sign up for insurance under the ACA.
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.
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.
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.
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The resources listed in these guides are good places to begin your research, but they represent only some of the materials available at the Library. If you wish to explore these topics further or if you have any questions, please Ask Us!