The ACA is here! Are you ready?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), nicknamed Obamacare, is a comprehensive health insurance law signed by President Obama in 2010. On October 1, 2013 open enrollment began for Americans who currently do not have affordable health insurance options.
Information for Mainers
November 12, 2013, 6pm Understanding the new health care law. An information session with Western Maine Community Action.
The Sun Journal is maintaining a web page of ACA-related articles, tools, and information.
Consumers for Affordable Healthcare also has information for Maine residents here. They can be reached by phone at 1-800-838-0388.
There are a number of help options available.
Specialists known as Navigators have been trained to provide free local help with individualized ACA questions. In Androscoggin County/Lewiston, Navigators are provided at Western Maine Community Action (WMCA). WMCA can be reached by phone at 1-855-806-7333 or email. Help is also available for Arabic, French, and Somali speakers.
On the web
The web may be the easiest place to sign up and learn how the law affects you: HealthCare.gov
The federal government is providing a 24/7 toll free help line: 1-800-318-2596
By internet chat
You can chat with federal government employees trained to answer your questions at www.HealthCare.gov/chat
Applications are available from HealthCare.gov and can be printed, filled out by hand, and mailed.
- October 1, 2013: Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment.
- December 15, 2013: Last day to enroll to receive coverage in 2014.
- January 1, 2014: Coverage begins for anyone who registered by December 15th.
- March 31, 2014: Last day to register for health insurance before penalties kick in.