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Consumer Health: Insurance

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Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration on June 25, 2013 kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance.  The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1. 

HealthCare.gov is the destination for the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Americans may now access new educational information and learn what they can do to begin to get ready for open enrollment this fall.  The website will add functionality over the summer so that, by October, consumers will be able to create accounts, complete an online application, and shop for qualified health plans.  For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to match HealthCare.gov’s new consumer focus.

Before open enrollment, the Marketplace call center will provide educational information and, beginning Oct. 1, 2013, will assist consumers with application completion and plan selection.  In addition to English and Spanish, the call center provides assistance in more than 150 languages through an interpretation and translation service.  Customer service representatives are available for assistance via a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596 and hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.

HHS is on target for open enrollment in the Marketplace, which begins Oct. 1, 2013, and other key milestones approaching in the months ahead.  Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

Questions or Concerns? Contact HHSIEA@hhs.gov

Covering Kids and Families Wisconsin

The Affordable Care Act

Covering Kids & Families operates a range of programs and convenes a statewide coalition of social services professionals, health care providers, school personnel, policy makers, and researchers that works to improve individual and population health, reduce health disparities, ensure full participation in public and other health insurance and increase access to high quality health care for all residents of Wisconsin.

Other Insurance Sites

If you’re not a consumer looking for health insurance--and you want resources for your organization, technical Marketplace information, or press materials-- visit these sites:

·         Marktplace.CMS.gov

·         CMS.gov/CCIIO

·         HHS.gov/HealthCare


Questions or concerns? Contact HHSIEA@hhs.gov.