Starting tomorrow many individuals who have never purchased health insurance before will be able to do so through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. If you will be using the Marketplace or assisting others there are many resources available. Below is a list of resources that I find most helpful:
1. Find Local Help from Healthcare.gov: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/
- Simply enter your zip code and you will be given a list of local organizations that can help individuals.
- Results can be narrowed by organizations that administer Medicaid or CHIP or that have language access capability.
2. Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014 from the Institute of Medicine: http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Perspectives-Files/2013/Discussion-Papers/BPH-Helping-Consumers-Understand.pdf
- This 16 page report clearly explains the Health Insurance Marketplace and other changes occurring due to the Affordable Care Act.
- Written in simple language and contains helpful graphs/charts/illustrations.
- Very useful for anyone who anticipates helping individuals with the Marketplace.
3. Subsidy Calculator from Kaiser Family Foundation: http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/
- Interactive tool allows individuals to enter their income information to find out if they qualify for a tax subsidy or tax credit to purchase health insurance in the Marketplace.
4. How do I get an exemption from the fee for not having health coverage? from Healthcare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/
- Provides easy-to-understand information about the exemptions that exist to the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.
- Explains that an exemption exists for individuals in states that do not expand Medicaid eligibility. Individuals that would otherwise become eligible will not face a penalty for not having coverage beginning in 2014.