By Meredith K. Olafson, SBA Official
Published: June 25, 2013
Updated: June 25, 2013
Note: This blog first appeared at Healthcare.gov on June 21, 2013.
Health insurance is changing in important ways in 2014. We’ve updated HealthCare.gov to help you get ready for those changes, especially one of the most important: the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
Answering your questions about health coverage
Our mission is to help you understand your new health coverage options so you can enroll in a plan that works for you and your family. If you run a small business, we’ll help you find a plan that works for you and your employees. Self-employed? We’ve got that covered too.
New features include:
The most important health insurance info at your fingertips—just answer a few quick questions and we’ll provide you with a personalized list of coverage options, content tailored to your situation, and a checklist to help you get ready
An easy-to-understand question and answer format, with content based on the most common questions we hear
A simpler site structure and powerful search features that make it easy to find what you’re looking for
A seamless HealthCare.gov experience on your mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer
A new 800 number you can call to get your Marketplace questions answered by a customer service representative, available 24/7: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
Online chat, also available 24/7. Just look for the blue box on the lower right hand corner on most pages of our site. You’ll be connected to a customer service representative who can answer your questions in an online conversation
When open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, you’ll be able to use this site to apply, compare plans, and enroll. (Your state may be running the Marketplace where you live. If it does, you'll use your state website, not this one, to apply for coverage. Find out the status in your state.)
Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.
Looking for something?
When we rebuilt HealthCare.gov, we moved some things you used to find here. If you're looking for technical Marketplace information, resources for organizations, press materials, or other information about the Affordable Care Act, visit these sites:
HHS.gov/HealthCare: For information about the benefits and progress of the health care law
HHS Newsroom: For news releases, contacts, other information for the media
Marketplace.CMS.gov: For brochures, collateral material, outreach and training materials
CMS.gov/CCIIO: For regulations, policy, and guidance from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
HealthCare.gov Archive: Includes all material formerly found on HealthCare.gov, captured at weekly intervals.
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