Affordable Care Act Resources
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. Under this law, the Health Insurance Marketplace was established. The Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that meets your needs. Libraries have been asked to direct citizens to the Marketplace and related resources.
The Health Insurance Marketplace begins accepting applications October 1, 2013. Open enrollment runs through March 31, 2014. Those with pre-existing conditions need to enroll before December 31, 2013.
If you have specific questions or need help filling out the application, please call the 24/7 Marketplace help number at 1-800-318-2596 or TTY: 1-855-889-4325. You can also chat online with a representative.
Small business owners can call the SHOP Marketplace at 1-800-706-7893 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.
- Already have insurance?
- Individuals and Families
- Small Businesses
- Key dates of the Affordable Care Act
- Information in Other Languages
- Things to think about when choosing a plan
- Marketplace Application checklist
- Protect Yourself from Fraud
- Affordable Care Act Facts about Iowa
- Kaiser Family Foundation Healthcare Information
- Individual Application (short form)
- Family Application
- Individual without Financial Assistance Application
Health Research on the Internet:
|HEALTH SOURCE: CONSUMER EDITION: A rich collection of health topics including medical sciences, food and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.|
|HEALTH SOURCE: NURSING & ACADEMIC EDITION: Includes scholarly full text, peer-reviewed journals in the medical disciplines, particularly nursing.|
|MEDLINE PLUS: Free health information from the National Library of Medicine.|
|CMS.GOV: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a government run agency providing health information to the public.|
|RURAL ASSISTANCE CENTER: The Rural Assistance Center is designed to provide health information to rural America. Call 1-800-270-1898 for assistance.|