Confused about the new health care law? Here’s some information to help clear things up! The Affordable Health Care Act went into effect on October 1, 2013. Here’s a list of websites and phone numbers for help and more information.
For Michigan residents who need to sign up, you must use Healthcare.gov,
- What you need to do/know before you start the process: How can I get ready to enroll in the Marketplace?
- Fill out the Marketplace Application Checklist (PDF)
- And then you can apply online.
If you have problems using Healthcare.gov, you can call the marketplace using this number: 1-800-318-2596 or alternative methods of contact (chat/FAQs). You can also contact a Navigator or Agent (via HICAP, see below for more information).
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) put together a website to answer many of the questions you might have:
- On their website:
For more information on enrolling, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare created a website to help answer your questions:
- Enroll Michigan’s statewide network of Navigators are available to assist you or your small business, at no cost, in understanding your enrollment options. As the name suggests, Navigators assist consumers in “navigating” the Healthcare.gov website where consumers must go to access the tax credits that make purchasing private insurance more affordable.
- A list of federally certified Navigator or Certified Application Counselors for the state can be found on their website as well.
Community Bridges also put together a website to help small businesses/organizations:
- Navigate Health Reform: We are here to provide fair and impartial navigation outreach and assistance with the Health Care Market Place To provide the information and resources necessary to get a clear picture of the market place, the benefits and rights you have to affordable health coverage. We provide culturally sensitive and linguistic friendly services to individuals, employees and employers. We do not discriminate based on age, disability, national origin, race, religion, genetics or sex (gender).
- They are putting on a series of events to help people understand the law.