Open enrollment for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, begins tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Open enrollments lasts from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. However, if you want coverage effective on January 1, you must enroll by December 15.
Am I Eligible?
Eligibility is determined based on household income and whether or not you’re eligible for health insurance at your workplace. Generally speaking, if you receive insurance through your work, you are not eligible for the health care exchanges. Here is a helpful chart that can help you determine your eligibility:
You can find out your exact eligibility and cost by visiting the ACA website www.healthcare.gov
To find out if you are eligible, you will need:
- Social Security number or a document number.
- Employer name and current income for yourself, as well as for anyone else in your household. You can find this information on a current pay stub or recent W-2 form.
- If you or anyone else in your household currently has health insurance, you will need information on that insurance, including the current policy number(s).
How Do You Sign Up?
You can sign up and browse plans directly by going to www.healthcare.gov. If you need help or want someone to walk you through the process, you can call the federal government ACA hotline 800-318-2596 (open 24/7) or through an authorized agent.