Affordable Care Act/"ObamaCare"
On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as ObamaCare, followed by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Together these reforms trigger sweeping changes that will unfold over years, with many of the major provisions becoming effective in January 2014. October 1, 2013 is the first date uninsured people can enroll in a health care plan.
In order to help library patrons, consumers and businesses understand the impact of the legislation we have compiled a list of websites that will allow you to understand the process.
New York state has its own marketplace exchange so uninsured people living in this state will need to go to the official state site below to enroll in a plan. October 1, 2013 is the first day for uninsured New Yorkers to sign up for insurance plans that will become effective on January 1, 2014.
Below is the New York State site, the Federal site and the Small Business Administration web site for infomation.
Find out where library will be having programs to explain the new health care program for the uninsured. Classes will be held in a variety of languages.
New York State's Official Health Care site
October 1, 2013 is the first day uninsured Americans can begin the process of choosing an affordable health care plan that will become effective on January 1, 2014. New York state chose to have it's own exchange and this site is where individuals, families, the self-employed and business owners choose their insurance plans and enroll. Before doing so there is information and explanations to clarify the process and choices. A calculator will tell you what you can probably expect in a subsidy depending on your income and other factors. Expect the site to be unavailable at times in the beginning because of the number of users.