Affordable Care Act: Information for the Pacific Northwest Region

Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace & your new coverage options through Obamacare

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment for 2016 begins begins November 1, 2015 and goes through January 31, 2016.

Want to stay informed for reminders and updates? provides three simple ways to to stay connected.

Libraries have a long history of helping people access health information. A recent study supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that, in one year, 28 million people used a library computer to get health information. We know that people will continue to go the library for health information and, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we can expect that many people will turn to the library for help. Librarians are experts at helping people find web sites and information they are looking for. Library workers can help people find CMS Navigators and certified application counselors in their area who have special training to help people make decisions about health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace. Public libraries are located in nearly every community in the United States and are recognized as a valuable community resource, offering public meeting spaces, computers, and allowing for quiet conversations-making them a natural location for trained counselors to provide outreach and education efforts.

National information resources for Librarians and Others

More information to support health insurance information requests:
  • - searchable by city, state, ZIP code to connect the public with certified application assistants.
  • Health Happens in Libraries - a joint project for state and public library information between WebJunction and the IMLS with news, webinars and more.
  • Health Insurance - a MedlinePlus health topic page containing news and information in English and Spanish.
  • Health Reform - an information resource center from the Kaiser Family Foundation including news and summaries about the Affordable Care Act.
  • Native Exchange - a project of the Tribal Education and Outreach Consortium (TEOC) to provide Native Americans and Alaska Natives with materials about Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion.
  • Champion for Coverage - a program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) providing resources and training for organizations about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Health Insurance Literacy Resources - a list of resources for consumers and insurance navigators to help explain health insurance terminology and benefits by Health Care Education Association.

State-Specific Affordable Care Act Information






Information for specific populations regarding the Affordable Care Act

Seniors, Americans with Disabilities, Immigrant and Refugeee Populations, LGBTQ Community, Farm and Migrant Workers, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Veterans

  • AARP covers specific concerns of Seniors regarding the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.
  • and the National Disability Navigator provide helpful information regarding those with disabilities who want information on the Affordable Care Act specific to their needs.
  • EthnoMed addresses both immigrant and refugee Affordable Care Act information in various languages and including information specific to Washington state.
  • Family Equity Council provides key information regarding the rights of the LGBTQ community specific to the Affordable Care Act.
  • Farm Worker Justice and Migrant Clinician address various aspects of the Affordable Care Act addressing agricultural workers as well as migrant workers.
  • National Immigration Law Center provides eligibility and benefits information of the Affordable Care Act specific to immigrants.
  • Native Exchange - a project of the Tribal Education and Outreach Consortium (TEOC) to provide Native Americans and Alaska Natives with materials about Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion.
  • Refugee Health offers information for refugees regarding the benefits and protections offered by the Affordable Care Act.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information for veterans and the Affordable Care Act.