The Health Insurance Marketplace is now open!
No doubt you’ve been hearing about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the health care law that opened for business on October 1, 2013. But you probably still have questions. Like what is the marketplace, and can you really get health insurance? Well we’ve got answers.
The best place for the latest, most accurate, information on the Marketplace is the updated website, HealthCare.gov. At the site, you can learn what it is, who can apply for insurance, how to get insurance, how to lower your costs, and more. If you own a small business, there’s information for you too.
Starting this fall, the Marketplace will help you find health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs, with less hassle.
No matter where you live, you may buy insurance from private health plans that cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventative care and prescriptions. And plans in the Marketplace must treat you fairly; they can’t deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. With a single application, you can also see if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or savings you can use right away to lower your health insurance premiums.
Enrollment began October 1, 2013 visit HealthCare.gov to explore the Marketplace or apply for coverage. HealthCare.gov is your best source of information about the Marketplace. You can read information that pertains to you, print checklists and watch videos to help you get ready to apply and enroll.
As you explore your options on the Marketplace, you may want to get some help. You can participate in an online web chat on the website; or call 1-800-318-2596 to speak with a trained customer service representative.
Visit HealthCare.gov now to get all the information you need about the Marketplace.
Source: Marketplace.cms.gov; Retrieved 9/25/13
Helpful Resources from Covering Kids & Families
Interview with Caroline Gomez of Covering Kids & Families
What’s Next for Healthcare Reform?
What is the Healthcare Marketplace?
How Does the Affordable Care Act Impact Me?
Wondering about important dates pertaining to the Affordable Care Act?
Affordable Care Act Timeline
Wondering if you are eligible for premium assistance on the new Marketplace?
Subsidy Calculator from the Kaiser Foundation
Want to look at plan options before “applying”?
Healthcare.gov Premium Estimates