Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or "ObamaCare," provides health insurance to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have insurance through their job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
You must enroll in the Affordable Care Act each year to maintain coveraage. Enrollment for 2017 closed on December 15, 2017; however, you can still apply if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a life event like losing other coverage, getting married, or having a baby.
There are three ways to enroll.
Online: by creating an account on healthcare.gov.
By phone: by calling the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596
To begin the enrollment process, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ and set up a new account or update an existing account to complete your application. You can also learn more about eligibility requirements and to see if you meet requirements that you might not have met in past years.
Other Enrollment Assistance and Tips
Before enrollment, you can meet with a Navigator to create or update your account or to receive help with questions as you go through the enrollment process. Appointments are available for one and a half hours and you can get a follow-up appointment if needed. To make an appointment with a navigator, call toll-free 855-733-3711 or visit http://getcoveredamerica.org/connector to make an appointment online.
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Prepared by: NC 2-1-1 (AW)
Date Updated: October 3, 2017