This week the federal government launched a new consumer-focused website and 24 hour call center to provide information on the coming Healthcare Insurance Marketplace, which will help people buy private insurance or locate free or low cost government options under the Affordable Care Act (or, Obamacare).
Right now HealthCare.Gov has fairly general information, but is a good start for consumers who want to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace before the open enrollment coverage period begins in the fall. Website functionality will continue to expand through the summer, and 24 hour help is also available through a variety of mediums. You can chat online with a representative, or you can use the 24 hour call center at:
- Or 1-855-889-4325 for hearing impaired users with TTY/TDD technology
- October 1, 2013: Open enrollment begins
- January 1, 2014: Coverage begins
- March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends