Important. Marketplace Open Enrollment ended March 31. You can still buy a Marketplace health plan only if you qualify for a special enrollment period. You can apply for Medicaid and CHIP any time. Find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period or Medicaid and CHIP. Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage starts November 15, 2014.
What Is It?
The Affordable Care Act (or ACA) is a new way to get affordable health insurance. The ACA (sometimes referred to as "Obamacare") has a mandate that requires most uninsured people to have health insurance coverage starting in 2014.
- The Health Insurance Marketplace is the new way to learn about your choices. HealthCare.gov is where you find information about the Marketplace, your health insurance options, and where you will enroll for insurance.
- Call 1-800-318-2596 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and speak to a Health Insurance Marketplace specialist who can answer your questions in English and Spanish. Healthcare.gov also offers a Live Chat option, for quick questions.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" or ACA) is the major health care reform bill passed into law on March 23, 2010.Learn about the legislation which created this Act.
October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment starts
January 1, 2014: Health coverage can start
March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends