The federal government has a new resource to help people access personal help and calculate the cost of insurance plans available as a result of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The resource is an interactive e-newsletter called Health Insurance Marketplace, offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One recent issue includes a benefits calculator, plus access to a 24-7 call center to discuss individual circumstances and receive help with applications.
To access personal assistance, individuals should call 1-800-318-2596, or for hearing impaired, the TTY number is 1-855-889-4325; small businesses can call 1-800-706-7893, or for hearing impaired, 1-800-706-7915. Or you can chat online with a government representative.
The newsletter suggests you use the calculator to learn about the cost of health and dental plans available based on where you live. Households with yearly incomes up to about $46,000 for individuals or $94,000 for a family of 4 may qualify.
The newsletter notes that final price quotes based on your individual circumstances are available only after you complete a Marketplace application. It also includes a reminder that you have until December 15 to sign up for health coverage that will start January 1, 2014. And you’ve got 170 days left to get covered, as the Open Enrollment period runs until March 31, 2014.