This is a brief guide to some of the resources available to find more information on the Affordable Care Act.
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2013
The Affordable Care Act establishes new health insurance rules, including:
- The new Health Insurance Marketplace offers a resource for people without insurance to get coverage and to find out if they can get lower costs for private insurance. They can also find out if they qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- If someone who can afford health insurance doesn’t have coverage in 2014, they may have to pay a fee.
- To avoid the fee in 2014 you need insurance that qualifies as minimum essential coverage. This includes the following type health insurance plans:
- Any health insurance plan purchased through the Healthcare Marketplace, or any individual insurance plan you already have.
- Any employer plan, including retiree plans.
- Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- TRICARE and Veterans health care programs, among other programs.
- Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on March 31, 2014. For those who do not have health insurance at that point will have to wait until the next annual enrollment period, unless they have a qualifying life event.
This is the Federal Government's website that offers consumer information on the Affordable Care Act as well as a place to sign up for new health insurance coverage.
- Take Care Utah
Take Care Utah is a health assistance program hosted by the Utah Health Policy Project in collaboration with United Way of Salt Lake and 2-1-1. Take Care Utah offers assistance to Utah residents who need help applying for healthcare or general information on navigating the new health insurance rules under the Affordable Care Act.
- What is the Marketplace in Utah?
This section of the Healthcare.gov website focuses on the Affordable Care Act and Utah-specific resources for individuals and small businesses. The link offers a series of steps towards the purchase of health insurance.
- Weber County Library Affordable Care Act Resource Center
The Weber County Library has set up a resource page to help local residents understand the new healthcare law.
- Cuidadodesalud.gov (Healthcare.gov in Spanish)
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- Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a Federal Government website to help educate healthcare professional about the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace. The website offers resources on how companies can help people apply for health insurance as well as the latest news on ACA.
- Application for health insurance coverage - Printable form
This is a printable copy of the Affordable Care Act's 'Short Form' application. You can also fill out this form online through the ACA website: https://www.healthcare.gov/.
- The Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act
This Federal Government link offers a downloadable copy of the full Affordable Care Act and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act law.