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  • Getting Ready to Enroll in New York State's Health Insurance Marketplace

    October 1st is just around the corner and with it comes your opportunity to enroll in New York State's Health Insurance Marketplace! In preparation, we've put together a guide to helpful information and resources to help you get started.

    We will continue to update our ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace resources as enrollment gets underway. In the meantime, please feel free to visit us at the library for more assistance in finding information about your health insurance options!

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    Guide to New York State ’s Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment

    As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) New Yorkers will be able enroll in the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1st with insurance coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2014. Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.

    All health plans offered as part of the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover a comprehensive set of benefits. Plans must treat everyone fairly; discrimination against preexisting conditions will be banned.


    Below are some resources to help you locate information about New York State ’s participation in the Health Insurance Marketplace:

    New York State Health Insurance Marketplace homepage:

    Some other helpful resources about the ACA and the Health Insurance Marketplace:

    Publications from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


    Things to Think About When Choosing a Plan
    As you shop for a plan, here are some things you should know.

    Marketplace Application Checklist
    Use this checklist to help you gather what you need to apply for coverage.

    Protect Yourself from Fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace
    Be informed and protect your personal information against fraud.


    Contacts for Further Information

    New York State Health Plan Marketplace Customer Service Center
    1-855-355-5777

    Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center
    1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325
    Consumers can speak with a trained customer service representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Representatives are available in English and Spanish, and there will be a language line to assist callers in over 150 additional languages

    Barger, Renae. (August 23, 2013). Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries: MAR (Mid Atlantic Region) Highlights. The MAReport: Quarterly Newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Summer 2013. Retrieved from http://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/2013/08/affordable-care-act-resources-for-libraries/

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2013). Health Insurance Marketplace: Publications and Articles. Retrieved from http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/publications-and-articles.html

    Institute of Museum and Library Services and Zero Divide. (2013). eHealth. Retrieved from http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth.html

    New York Health Benefit Exchange (2013) New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Retrieved from http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
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