The Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices.
The Kaiser Family Foundation created this short, animated movie to explain the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014.
http://kff.org/health-reform/ The Kaiser Family Foundation maintains a website which provides consumer information on major healthcare issues, and includes a health insurance subsidy calculator.
The Health Insurance Marketplace
Americans who already have health insurance don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law. For the uninsured or those who don’t get their coverage through work, a key component of the Affordable Care Act will take effect on October 1, when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opens.
The Health Insurance Marketplace aims to make it easy for Hoosiers to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for lower costs for private insurance or health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in health coverage.
For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace:
Help Line: 1-800-318-2596
NOTE: Federally-trained navigators offer their services absolutely FREE. Those with only the Indiana navigator designation may charge a fee so it’s best to confirm whether or not the navigator charges before receiving help. The organizations listed on healthcare.gov all offer their services absolutely free so we recommend using their list.
Health plan information for individuals and families. Examples of available plans in the Marketplace for comparison purposes. Please note: These are general, average prices and don’t account for individual circumstances including age, household makeup, smoking status, and income.
Get Covered America is a non-partisan, non-profit organization offering information on healthcare options. The organization offers a simple calculator to estimate your monthly health insurance cost. While not every plan option and tax credit can be estimated with their tool, it may help with plan comparison.
Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Sessions at Central Library
Patrons will be able to come in and sit one-on-one with trained Navigators to complete the enrollment process. No reservations needed.
•Thursday, 3/6 1:00-4:00 pm
•Saturday, 3/15 1:00-4:00 pm
Click here for a schedule of Healthcare Information sessions at library branches, with representatives of local health care organizations.
For more information about the Affordable Care Act:
The New Health Care Law and You An informative health insurance overview booklet created by the staff at Emory University Health Literacy Research Center.
AARP Health Law Answers AARP breaks down the ACA so consumers can see how it works for their situations.