Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) begins on Tuesday. Are you ready for it?
While actual enrollment begins on October 1, you don’t have to wait until then to start getting ready for it. Check out this blog’s page dedicated to the Affordable Care Act to get you started. There we have plenty of links to official sources of information, printable copies of the enrollment forms, and even a full-text copy of the law.
Another excellent resource is HealthCare.gov, the official source for information related to enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Particularly useful right now is this page, which is dedicated to preparing for the enrollment process, and includes links to a checklist of things you need to enroll, a simple form that allows you to see what type of assistance (if any) you might be eligible for, and even a glossary of health insurance terms that you’ll likely encounter as you choose a plan.
One important thing to remember as you get ready to enroll is that while professional help is available to help you fill out the application, only certified assistance centers are legally allowed to do so. (St. Louis Public Library is not one of those centers, though we’re happy to point you toward someone who can help you out.) To find nearby enrollment assistance, visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov and search by ZIP code or city.