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, ended on January 31, 2016. You can apply for 2017 health insurance coverage starting November 1, 2016. Check out Dates & deadlines for 2017 health insurance for more details and to find out if you qualify for Special Enrollment.
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.
Are you covered?
This site is sponsored by Ohio Network for Health Coverage and Enrollment (ONCE), a statewide network of non-profit organizations and healthcare professionals created to help all Ohioans sign up for health insurance, whether through a company or through Medicaid. Use the online tool to schedule an appointment with a provider near you.
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.
revised October 2016
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!