While Americans technically have until the end of March to sign up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, if you want that insurance to kick in on January 1, 2014, you have to enroll by December 23. Fortunately, several of the notorious problems with Healthcare.gov have been fixed, and its now possible to "window shop" for insurance plans. As we mentioned last month, if you have had technical trouble in the past, keep trying!
If you're having problems, the St. Louis Public Library has plenty of events scheduled over the next few months to help you get enrolled. Check our Upcoming Events page for a full list. Each branch of the St. Louis Public Library also has a binder full of information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including required documents for enrolling, tips for avoiding fraud, and even copies of the application forms. These materials are available for you to view and copy. A list of branches and locations is available here.
Going back to the events page for a moment, while you're there, take note of all of the health-related events we have coming up over the next few months. The page has just been updated with more free medical screenings, programs for senior citizens, and, of course, that long list of ACA enrollment opportunities. Keep checking back as we add more!