Staff

Keene Navigator Visits the Keene Public Library each Thursday

Have you had difficulty signing up for Affordable Care? A certified Marketplace Assister will be on-site to help you through the process between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. each Thursday through March 31, 2014. Stop by for an informal conversation.

Whether you have health insurance or no coverage at all, find out what the health care law means for you and your family.

The Affordable Care Act set up the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened on October 1,  to enable the uninsured and people who have had to shop on the open market for health insurance. It’s important to get this purchase right and that means having good information. You want coverage that reflects what’s important to you, meets your health care needs, and fits your budget.


You can apply and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. Health coverage starts as early as January 1, 2014, and open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Through the Marketplace, you can apply, compare all your options, and find out if you can get lower costs on monthly premiums or get free or low-cost coverage.

There are four basic ways to apply for coverage through the marketplace.

  • Apply online. Visit HealthCare.gov to get started.
  • Apply by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 to apply for a health insurance plan and enroll over the phone. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
  • Apply in person. Visit a trained counselor in your community to get information and apply in person. Find help in your area at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
  • Apply by mail. Complete a paper application and mail it in.  You can download the paper application form and instructions from HealthCare.gov.

Before you choose a plan, you may want to explore your options. You can use this calculator to see if you qualify for lower costs on coverage and preview Marketplace plans here.

With so much to learn about the health care law, it can be difficult to figure out what it all means for you and your family. Download a brochure, which explains the Health Insurance Marketplace and lists simple things you can do to make good health insurance choices. Visit the library's Health Links to find more information. For practical, personalized information on how the new health care law affects you and your loved ones, explore the interactive tool at www.HealthLawAnswers.org (or in Spanish at www.MiLeyDeSalud.org). And to learn more about the law’s provisions, go to www.HealthLawFacts.org.