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How to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

If you do not currently have insurance, but wish to gain coverage, the Insurance Marketplace is the best place to start. Open enrollment for insurance starts November 1st each year and ends on January 31st of the next year (ex. November 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017). If you did not enroll during the standard enrollment period you may qualify for an exemption or late enrollment.

Exemptions and late enrollments can be looked into and applied for on the Marketplace website:

There are a few ways to apply for health insurance from the Marketplace:

  1. Online at: https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/how-to-apply/

  2. By Phone at: 1-800-318-2596
    1. There is a checklist of information that you will need in order to successfully complete the call. It can be found here: https://marketplace.cms.gov/outreach-and-education/marketplace-application-checklist.pdf

  3. In Person:
    1. Please visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/how-to-apply/
    2. Please select “Enter your zip code” under “With In-Person Help”
    3. Please follow the directions to learn where you can get help in person to gain health insurance coverage.

  4. By Mail:
    1. Please complete this application: https://marketplace.cms.gov/applications-and-forms/marketplace-application-for-family.pdf
    2. The directions for the application can be found here: https://marketplace.cms.gov/applications-and-forms/marketplace-application-for-family-instructions.pdf

If you have any further questions about how to gain coverage please feel free to call the Affordable Care Act contact number at: 1-800-318-2596.


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Implementation: 11/10/2016
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