Starting October 1st, there will be new "health insurance marketplaces," (or exchanges) where individuals and small businesses can compare prices and shop for health insurance -- online, in person, or by phone.
Help get the word out through these 4 key messages:
• All insurance plans will have to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescriptions.
• You might be able to get financial help to pay for a health insurance plan.
• If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance plans cannot deny you coverage.
• All insurance plans will have to show the costs and what is covered in simple language with no fine print.
Key dates to remember:
October 1, 2013 - Enrollment begins
January 1, 2014 - Coverage begins
March 31, 2014 - Open Enrollment closes
To learn more about your options (now) and to apply for coverage (beginning October 1st), go to www.healthcare.gov