Thanks to Carol Singer, out librarian for government collections, for providing the information below!
As part of the Affordable Care Act, a health care exchange will be available on October 1, 2013. This health care exchange allows U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase the subsidized health insurance coverage they are required to have by January 1, 2014.
The U.S. government’s official web site for the Affordable Care Act is HealthCare.gov:
For a quick, 7-minute introduction, you can watch the YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/
If you need to apply for insurance, you may apply via mail, their toll-free phone number (1-800-318-2596), the HealthCare.gov web site, or by using a certified navigator or other person who is trained to assist you in finding and applying for this insurance. A list of certified navigators for Ohio is available from the State Library of Ohio at:
To get a list of local agencies that can help you find information about this mandated insurance and also help you apply for the insurance, go to https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and enter your zip code in the search box.
Many private and governmental organizations have produced information about the Affordable Care Act, such as:
The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons): http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets/
The Kaiser Family Foundation has a subsidy calculator: http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/index.html
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/health/aca/
U.S. Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/healthcare