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Are You Ready? The Health Insurance Marketplace is Coming

submitted July 30, 2013 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

No doubt you’ve been starting to hear about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the health care law that will be open for business on October 1st. 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, preventive care, and prescriptions. And plans in the Marketplace must treat you fairly; they can’t deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

Enrollment Starts October 1, 2013 Visit HealthCare.gov to Get Ready

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. You and your family can explore every qualified health plan in your area, and fill out an application when you’re ready.

You’ll be able to take control with better information, including details about benefits and prices presented in clear language you can understand, so you’ll know what your premiums, deductibles, and other costs will be before you make a choice. Once you’ve decided on a plan, you don’t need to go anywhere else.

Starting in October, you’ll be able to enroll in the Marketplace directly for coverage that begins as soon as January 1st, 2014.

Want help or need more information?

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 a toll free number, 1-800-318-2596, to speak with a trained customer service representative; and there will be people in your local communities who can give you personal help with your choices.

Visit HealthCare.gov now to get all the information you need about the Marketplace. Come back October 1, fill out an application and enroll. It’s that easy.

This information is distributed in partnership with Marketplace.CMS.gov.