September 24th, 2013 by John Carey
One of the basic elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA) is the creation of insurance exchanges where individuals, families, and small businesses may purchase health benefit plans. Open enrollment in these plans begins October 1st, 2013. The following are some resources to help individuals navigate this health insurance marketplace.
- New York State of Health is the state’s official site to help New Yorkers learn about their options and select health insurance. Compare insurance costs, enroll in coverage, or check your eligibility for Medicaid or other forms of financial assistance.
- Get help from an In-Person Assistant/Navigator in your county or borough. The NY State Department of Health has awarded nearly $27 million to enable these IPAs/Navigators to offer assistance to individuals, families, or small businesses applying for insurance through the exchange.
- Information from the Department of Health and Human Services on “How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of New York.”
- New York has 57 health centers that can assist with enrollment into health insurance coverage. Check the list of Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance sites to find one near you.
- No matter where you live, HealthCare.gov allows you to choose your state and get information on applying for coverage, comparing options, and enrolling. For more general information see their home page or this blog post on getting ready for the insurance marketplace.