The Affordable Care Act includes sweeping changes and a number of options in healthcare coverage. There are a wide variety of resources available online that provide information about these options, and how to choose what is best for you.
The staff of the Massillon Public Library can only offer information directing patrons to those resources, they cannot answer questions about the Affordable Care Act. Making the correct healthcare choices requires an understanding of each person's or family's unique health and financial circumstances. Members of the Massillon Public Library staff are not trained or licensed to provide advice or to assist you in selecting a specific health plan, but can provide information and direction to public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices.
The links on this page answer common questions and can help guide you to the right plan for you.
What IS the Healthcare Marketplace Insurance?
The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.
How do I choose a Marketplace Insurance plan for me or my family?
There are 4 categories of Marketplace insurance plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The categories help you choose a plan that’s right for you. Information about these levels can be found at https://www.healthcare.gov/how-do-i-choose-marketplace-insurance.
What number can I call to talk to a live person?
The toll-free phone number for assistance is 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Assistance is available in multiple languages. For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov is also available.
Who in my area can help me?
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Northeast Regional Coordinator
(614) 221-4336 ext. 241
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has soft launched LocalHelp.healthcare.gov, where individuals or organizations can enter their geographic location to identify local ACA consumer assistance destinations in their area. Local consumer assisters can provide personal help in applying for healthcare coverage through the ACA. This resource is also available in Spanish at ayudalocal.cuidadodesalud.gov.
Health Insurance Marketplace in Ohio
Ohio residents will use the HealthCare.gov website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. Specific plans and prices will be available on October 1, 2013, when Marketplace open enrollment begins. Open Enrollment will close March 31, 2014. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2014.