healthcare
Siena Kaplan, a Navigator at White Mountain Community Health Center, will
be at Cook Library in Tamworth from 9 am – 1 pm on Friday, December 20, to help
guide people through the process and answer any questions that come up
along the way. Bring your laptop or use the library’s computer, and get it
done! Also feel free to stop by to get more information about the
Marketplace or the process, or to get help resolving issues with existing
applications.

To apply, it’s helpful to have:
– Estimated 2014 income for everyone in your household who will file
taxes that year
– SSN and date of birth for everyone in your household
– Information about any insurance you currently have or are offered. If
you could buy insurance through an employer, have your employer fill out page two of
this form:

– If you have an email account you can access online, such as Yahoo or
Gmail, make sure you have your username and password with you

You can also enroll on your own at healthcare.gov or by calling
1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). If you can’t make these hours but
need questions answered or want to enroll in person, call White Mountain
Community Health Center at 447-8900 to schedule an appointment with Siena
or our other Navigator, Mary Jane Jarrett. You can also email or call
Siena with questions, at 447-8900 x328 or skaplan@whitemountainhealth.org.

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or collectively referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA), into law. The ACA considerably changes the American health care system. Debates about the best ways to improve health care now focus on implementation of the law and its effect on health care.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins on October 1st, 2013 and runs till March 31st, 2014. The AARP’s goal is to provide unbiased and fact based information to people 50+ and their families so they will understand how to access the Health Insurance Marketplace if they need insurance and also, what impact the health care law has on those with Medicare and other forms of insurance. AARP’s health law answers and fact sheets are a good starting place.

New Hampshire’s Health Insurance Marketplace is presently limited to Anthem Blue Cross.

Although the sign-up process is being currently impacted by the government shutdown, information on obtaining health insurance through ACA or ‘Obamacare’ is available at the government-sponsored websites below:
Health Insurance Marketplace
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
About the Law – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Affordable Care Act – Medicaid.gov
Affordable Care Act – United States Department of Labor
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions – Internal Revenue Service
VA, Affordable Care Act and You– U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine maintains a list of links to organizations that have good information resources about ACA: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Resources

If you would prefer to ask questions relating to enrollment by phone, call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). There will be foreign language interpreters available.

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