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Health Insurance Marketplace set to open October 1st; coverage starts January 1, 2014

doctor-measuring-blood-pressureThe federal government is sending reminders to the public that open enrollment starts October 1st, 2013 for the new Health Insurance Marketplace, part of the Obamacare system of health care insurance coverage.  They say coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

Here is how the federal government describes the Health Insurance Marketplace, located here:

• The Marketplace is an easier way to shop for health insurance. The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. With one application, you can compare plans side-by-side and explore any free or low-cost programs you may qualify for. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to use the Marketplace to apply for coverage and enroll. Find the Marketplace in your state.

• Most people can get lower costs. When you use the Marketplace you may be able to get lower costs on your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. When you fill out your application, you’ll find out how much you can save based on your income. Most people who apply will qualify for some level of savings.

• The Marketplace gives you control over your options with clear, apples-to-apples comparisons. In the Marketplace, information about prices and benefits is written in simple language. You get a clear picture of what premiums and protections you’d get before you enroll. You can compare plans based on what’s important to you, and choose the combination of price and coverage that fits your needs and budget.

More information from the federal government:

How to get ready now

  • Sign up for email or text updates about the Marketplace. We’ll let you know when there’s important new information about the Marketplace, and we’ll send timely reminders about important dates. You can also visit our Facebook page at or follow on Twitter.
  • Learn about different types of health coverage. Through the Marketplace, you’ll be able to choose a health plan that gives you the right balance of costs and coverage. You can be better prepared if you understand the types of coverage you’ll choose from.
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