The open enrollment period for 2016 health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. If you want coverage that starts January 1, 2016, you will need to enroll by December 15, 2015. Do you have questions, or are you overwhelmed by the process? Here are some ways to get help:
Make an appointment at your library. The Central, Belmont, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries are partnering with the Multnomah County Health Department to answer your questions about the application and enrollment process. Interpreters are available upon request. Check out the dates and registration info.
Find help in your neighborhood, in your language. Type in your zip code and preferred language and the OregonHealthcare.gov website will help you find a local certified insurance agent or community partner who can help you with the enrollment process. Nonprofit organization Project Access NOW is holding many local healthcare enrollment events in English, Spanish, Russian and Somali (and Vietnamese by appoinment); here is the full schedule (pdf).
Find answers online or by phone. HealthCare.gov has a quick guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace and a Get Answers page with a lot of information; they also have coverage information specifically for self-employed people, people with disabilities, veterans, retirees, and many others. You can contact HealthCare.gov by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). For reminders and updates, you can read the HealthCare.gov blog or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace also offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or emailing email@example.com.
If you need more resources, you can always contact a librarian!