Did you know that as part of the Affordable Care Act, all U.S citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualifying health coverage?
As of October 1st, Pennsylvania residents in need of coverage are eligible to purchase insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Individuals may apply online at healthcare.gov
, by toll-free phone (1-800-318-2596), or with a paper application by mail.
Individuals wishing for their health insurance to begin on January 1st, 2014 must be enrolled by mid-December. Open enrollment for all individuals will close on March 31st, 2014 and will re-open in October 2014.
The Free Library is a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization. Trained staff can guide individuals through the process of enrolling for health insurance. Until the federal website, healthcare.gov, is operational, individuals can enroll with a paper application. Please contact a neighborhood library to find out more about enrollment with a Certified Application Counselor.
Please make sure you have the following items with you when you are ready to sign up for health insurance:
- Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants).
- If employed, your employer and income information for every member of your household who needs
coverage (for example, from pay stubs or
W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements).
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance
plans covering members of your household.
- A completed Employer Coverage Tool form: For
every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for, you’ll need this form.
To speak directly with a customer service representative from the Health Insurance Marketplace please contact 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Assistance is available in multiple languages.
Resources in other languages are also available:
Other languages: www.healthcare.gov/language-resource
Still have questions? Visit our web resources page or any Free Library location for additional information, computer access, and staff support.