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Affordable Care Act: Information for the Pacific Northwest Region

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

The new enrollment dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace, an element of the Affordable Care Act, are November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.

From the Frequently Asked Questions of eHealth: 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 libraries and others seeking more information to support health insurance information requests include

State-Specific Affordable Care Act Information

Alaska - Federally facilitated health insurance marketplace

Idaho - State run health insurance marketplace

Montana - Federally facilitated health insurance marketplace, state conducting plan management

Oregon - State run health insurance marketplace

Washington - State run health insurance marketplace