Health Insurance Blog

How much is your Small Business Health Care Tax Credit worth?


April 23, 2014

When you buy health coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, you may qualify for a tax credit worth up to 50% of your premium contributions.

Our new SHOP Tax Credit Estimator can tell you what that credit might be worth to your...

Open Enrollment is over: Here are some options


April 17, 2014

Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is closed for 2014, but you may still have options to get health coverage this year. And if you joined the millions of Americans who have already signed up for Marketplace coverage, we can help you learn how to use it.

Your...

Still open – Coverage in Medicaid and CHIP


April 16, 2014

You can apply for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, even though Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2014 is over.

Medicaid and CHIP are joint state and federal programs that provide coverage to millions of Americans with limited incomes and some people with disabilities.

There’s no limited enrollment period...

How to use your new Medicaid or CHIP coverage


April 15, 2014

Now that you’ve joined the millions of Americans enrolled in the Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), it’s important to use your new coverage.

If you have questions, contact your state Medicaid or CHIP agency. When you visit these two pages, just scroll down and...

How to use your new Marketplace coverage


April 02, 2014

Now that you’ve joined millions of Americans in getting coverage, you need to learn how to use it.

Here are some steps you can take right now to ensure that you have access to health care once your coverage begins. Follow the links below to learn how to confirm your...

Open Enrollment is over - We can still help you get covered


April 01, 2014

The special enrollment period has ended for consumers who tried to enroll by the March 31 deadline. See if you can still get coverage through the Marketplace or Medicaid/CHIP.

We know many of you worked hard to finish enrolling in a health plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Sometimes...

6 million and counting


March 27, 2014

Join the 6 million Americans who now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Just 4 days left.

As we enter the final days of this historic open enrollment period, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance...

7 Days Left to #GetCovered – Enroll Now!


March 24, 2014

Don't delay - you only have 7 days left to sign up for coverage.

Consumers have only a few days left to get 2014 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment in the Marketplace ends March 31.

Affordable plans are still available. Across the country,...

How to find the health insurance plan that’s right for you


March 20, 2014

Choosing a health plan can be complicated. We can help you understand how to compare Marketplace plans and choose one that’s right for you.

Here are some important things...

6 more reasons to #GetCovered


March 18, 2014

Last month, we gave you 6 reasons to #GetCovered. And last week, President Obama and Zach Galifianakis showed you that young people aren’t invincible or invisible.

Here are 6 more reasons to enroll in Marketplace coverage:

1. Time is running out. March 31 is your last chance to...

Quick steps to #GetCovered


March 14, 2014

There are some quick steps you can take right now that will help you find and enroll in a health insurance plan that works for you.

It’s easy to apply now and most people qualify for savings.

LaNika, Lawrence, and Molly all found Marketplace coverage on HealthCare.gov for less...

Open enrollment is almost over. We’re ready to help!


March 13, 2014

Open enrollment ends March 31. We're ready to help.

More Americans every day are finding quality, affordable coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

We recently announced that enrollment in the Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million. These numbers demonstrate...

Find the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state


March 11, 2014

No matter what state you live in, you'll be able to use the Health Insurance Marketplace to apply for health coverage. This is true whether your state runs its own Marketplace or the federal government runs it for your state.

Get lower costs and compare plans where you live

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See what you can save in the Marketplace


March 10, 2014

Calculate your options There’s still time to see how much you can save in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

It’s easy to get started – just answer a few questions and we’ll tell you if you qualify for lower costs on coverage. We’ll also show you a...

It’s time to enroll. Come back to HealthCare.gov today!


March 06, 2014

As we head into the final weeks of open enrollment, HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov are ready to serve you. We all deserve the security and the peace of mind that comes from having health coverage that we can count on when we need it most. And we continue to make the...

March is the time to enroll


March 01, 2014

There are just 4 weeks left for you to get quality, affordable health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. It’s easy to apply now.

Your last chance to enroll for 2014 coverage is March 31.

Click here and select your state to enroll now.

If you’ve already started your...

Marketplace enrollment hits 4 million


February 27, 2014

Join the 4 million Americans who have signed up for the Health Insurance Marketplace

With five weeks left until the end of open enrollment, more than 4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

We don't want you to miss...

We're working to improve HealthCare.gov


February 13, 2014

We’re committed to updating you on our progress as we work to improve HealthCare.gov. Check back often to get the latest information on the status of our site.

And remember, there are several different ways you can apply for coverage.

Thursday, February 27: Ready to serve millions more

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Want coverage starting March 1? Plan ahead for best results


February 10, 2014

Consumers are applying and enrolling in quality, affordable health coverage every day using HealthCare.gov and State-based Marketplaces around the country. More than 3 million have enrolled so far, and we hope millions more will do so by March 31, the end of open enrollment.

From Saturday February 15, 2014 at...

Find your affordable plan today!


February 07, 2014

There are affordable plans available in the Health Insurance Marketplace right now. You may find health insurance for $50 a month or less.

We don't want you to miss your opportunity to get affordable health coverage as soon as possible.

If you want coverage that will start as early as...

Marketplace coverage means peace of mind


February 05, 2014

The Health Insurance Marketplace is making it easier to find quality, affordable coverage. Millions of Americans are getting covered, many for the first time.

More than 3 million...

6 things to know about deductibles in the Health Insurance Marketplace


January 28, 2014

Deductibles, premiums, copayments, and coinsurance, are important for you to consider when choosing a health insurance plan. You can compare health plans and see if you qualify for lower costs before you apply. Most people who apply will be eligible for help paying for health coverage.

Here are 6...

Get covered to stay in the game


January 16, 2014
By Alonzo Mourning

When sickness or injury strike, having health insurance can mean the difference between falling and getting back up and dropping out of the game.

I know, because I was at...

Millions transitioning to coverage


January 08, 2014

Since October 1st, more than 6 million people have enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid.

If you’ve completed an application and chosen a plan on the Marketplace, you may still need to take a couple of steps in order to ensure that your coverage takes effect....

Couldn’t enroll by December 23? We can still help you get covered


December 24, 2013

We know many of you have been working hard to finish enrolling in a health plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Even though we have passed the December 23 enrollment deadline for coverage starting January 1, we don’t want you to miss out if you’ve been trying to enroll.

Sometimes...

Cancelled plan? You’ve got coverage options


December 19, 2013

For millions of Americans quality, affordable coverage is just around the corner. And making sure people know about the new options available to them, and providing a smooth transition to this new day for coverage is our top priority

Providing a smooth transition

We’ve taken a number of steps to...

New and more robust HealthCare.gov tools to help you enroll


December 03, 2013

Welcome back to the Health Insurance Marketplace! We’ve made many improvements over the last eight weeks to help you complete your enrollment.

Here are some of the new features you’ll find on HealthCare.gov:

More robust window shopping. You can now see detailed information about each Marketplace health insurance plan offered...

3 tips to remember when you create a Marketplace account


November 12, 2013

We know that the initial consumer experience has been frustrating for many of you. We're committed to making things better and providing the help and health coverage you need.

In particular, many people told us they had problems creating their Marketplace accounts – that things got “stuck” somewhere along the...

We’re listening — and improving every day


October 21, 2013

We know using HealthCare.gov has been frustrating for many Americans. The initial consumer experience of HealthCare.gov has not lived up to the expectations of the American people. We are committed to doing better.

We’ve been gathering feedback since the day we launched – from our customer service representatives, social...

4 ways to apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace


October 21, 2013

4 ways to apply for Marketplace coverage

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is here and we’re working hard to help you get covered. We’re making improvements to HealthCare.gov and more people are applying and getting covered every day.

How to apply for Marketplace coverage

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Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is here!


October 01, 2013

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! You can now enroll in a health insurance plan that covers essential benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive services.

Most people who apply for coverage will qualify for lower costs of some kind in the Marketplace.

4 things you can do...

10 ways to get ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace


September 21, 2013

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is coming soon. Here’s how you can get ready to enroll starting October 1, 2013.

  1. Find the Marketplace in your state and get your options & info.
  2. Sign up for email or text updates about the Marketplace and connect...

4 steps to getting covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace


September 20, 2013

How the Marketplace works: Create an account, apply, pick a plan, and enroll!

You can apply for health coverage, compare all your options, and enroll in a plan in one streamlined application through the Health Insurance Marketplace. When open enrollment begins October 1, 2013, you can...

Alejandra’s story: College students need coverage too!


September 18, 2013

Alejandra and her big sister Mayra share their story

Have you met Alejandra?

Alejandra is an ambitious student with big dreams. She is looking forward to college and has plans to become a health professional – just like her big sister Mayra. And like millions of young...

How to get help with your Marketplace application


September 16, 2013

Find Local Help: Get personal help applying for health coverage.

There’s a new way to get help with your application for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to find help in your area. You can search by city and state or ZIP code...

Here’s how the Health Insurance Marketplace helps women


September 10, 2013

You won’t be charged more for health insurance in the Marketplace just because you’re a woman.

We have good news for women who care about their health! You have new rights and protections in the Health Insurance Marketplace starting in 2014.

Here are 4 things...

3 ways to get covered if you’re under 30


September 09, 2013

What am I supposed to do after I turn 26 and can no longer be covered under my parents' plan

Sooner or later, everyone needs health insurance. This is true even if you’re healthy and under 30 like Jaime and Malik.

The Health...

Malik’s story: I’m young and I need health insurance


August 30, 2013

Have you met Malik?

Malik is a 23 year old bartender and server who works in the restaurant industry.

He works on his feet all day and like millions of Americans, Malik does not have health insurance...

4 ways the Health Insurance Marketplace keeps you healthy


August 27, 2013

You and your family may be eligible for free screenings, vaccines, counseling, and other preventive services to keep you healthy.

All health plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace and many other plans must cover the preventive services below without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This applies...

Howard’s story: I can’t get health insurance


August 23, 2013

Have you met Howard?

Howard is a self-employed software designer who needs health insurance.

He designs health care software and like millions of Americans, Howard has been denied health insurance coverage because of a...

10 health care benefits covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace


August 22, 2013

Every health insurance plan sold in the Marketplace will offer 10 essential health benefits.

What’s covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace

These essential health benefits include at least the following items and services:

...

Lupita’s story: I don’t have insurance


August 16, 2013

Have you met Lupita?

Lupita is a single mother and a registered dental assistant who is worried about health insurance.

She works overtime to provide for her daughter and like millions of Americans, Lupita does not have...

4 ways to protect yourself from fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace


August 15, 2013

Your best protection against fraud is you! Starting October 1, 2013, you can apply for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, on HealthCare.gov. A few simple things can protect you from fraud, while getting you the coverage you need.

  1. Be informed.

  2. Protect your private health care...

Jaime's story: Life without health insurance


August 08, 2013

Have you met Jaime?

Jaime’s a 27-year-old college graduate who hasn’t been to the doctor since her 11th grade physical. She makes less than $20,000 a year. Like millions of Americans, Jaime does not have...

2014 in 214 words


August 07, 2013

There’s a lot to the health care law. But it’s based on a few simple principles, which we’ve described below in a mere 214 words. Follow the links for more details.

  • If you have health coverage you like, you can keep it. Children under 26 can stay on...

A new way to SHOP for small business coverage and get help


August 05, 2013

Do you own your own small business? The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is a new program that simplifies the process of buying health insurance for your small business.

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is a new program that simplifies the process...

Get ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace: Create an account


July 30, 2013

Create an account. Let's get started!

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1, but in the meantime you can create a Health Insurance Marketplace account on HealthCare.gov right now to get ready.

How to create your Health Insurance Marketplace account

Get...

7 ways to save in the Health Insurance Marketplace


July 25, 2013

There are several ways you can save money in the Health Insurance Marketplace. How you save, and how much you save, depends on several things, including family size and income.

  1. You may be able to get lower costs on your monthly premiums when you enroll in a...

Answers to your top health insurance questions


July 24, 2013

Since we launched the new HealthCare.gov on June 21st, we’ve received thousands of questions and comments on the website, through the call center, and on our social media channels.

We’re listening and we value your feedback!

Here’s some new content visitors have asked for that answers important questions...

Questions? Call us at 1-800-318-2596


July 22, 2013

We're available 24/7! Call us at: 1 800-318-2596

We know you’ve got questions about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. We’ve received thousands of them over the past month.

Answering your questions is central to our mission:

  • We launched the new HealthCare.gov to feature an easy-to-understand...

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.


July 10, 2013

Get your options & info

We know there are lots of questions surrounding the new Health Insurance Marketplace coming in 2014. That’s why we’ve updated HealthCare.gov with you - the consumer - in mind.

Get to Know the Marketplace: We’re holding our first-ever Health Insurance...

Welcome to the new HealthCare.gov!


June 21, 2013

Health insurance is changing in important ways in 2014. We’ve updated HealthCare.gov to help you get ready for those changes, especially one of the most important: the opening of the new Health Insurance...

Introducing the Health Insurance Marketplace


June 21, 2013

If you’re uninsured, there’s a new way for you to buy health insurance for 2014. It’s called the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Getting covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace

No matter where you...