The Affordable Care Act
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. This law not only makes health insurance more accessible but also requires that everyone (unless you are exempt) have health insurance or pay a penalty when filing your 2014 return in April of 2015.
Here ia an entertaining and simplified video explanation of Obamacare from Kaiser Family Foundation
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace begins October 1, 2013 and closes March 31, 2014. Coverage will begin on a rolling basis January 1, 2014.
Federal website :https://www.healthcare.gov/
New York State website: http://healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/ anyone living in NYS must enroll using the NYS website.
Tax Credit and Premium calculator: http://healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/node/344 – this is new to the NYS site. This tool will allow users to input their income and family household numbers and get an idea of plan costs.
Healthcare.gov offers assistance right now via telephone, TTY, and live chat.