February 2014

What’s New · Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010. On October 1, 2013, open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins for coverage starting as early as January 2014. We've identified a number of resources to help you understand and navigate the new health insurance options.

Understanding the Affordable Care Act

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Enrollment Assistance

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Telephone assistance from trained Health Insurance Marketplace customer service representatives is available 24/7 at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). You can also chat online with a representative from Healthcare.gov.

  • HealthCare.gov. Ohio residents must use the federal exchange to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can apply as early as October 1, 2013.
  • HealthCare.gov: Find Local Help. Enter your city and state or zip code to identify consumer assistance organizations in the Cincinnati area. Also available in Spanish.
  • Ohioforhealth.org. Site supported by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the main Affordable Health Care Act Navigator for Ohio. They also staff a hotline: 1-800-648-1176.

Programs at the Library

Make an appointment for enrollment assistance at the Main Library on Dec. 10 and 17. Appointments begin at 11 a.m. and last two hours. To get enrolled, you will need to bring:

  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • Birth dates
  • Pay stubs
  • W-2 forms, or Wage and Tax Statements
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance Information about any health insurance you or your family could get from your jobs
  • Email address