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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Countdown to Coverage

Megan Salzman

Staff Writer

The countdown to affordable health coverage has officially begun! Starting October 1, millions of Americans will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in the marketplace. But you don’t have to wait until then to start reviewing your options. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently relaunched the website with new features to help consumers learn more about the new coverage options.

The website provides standardized plan summaries, along with checklists for individuals, families, and small business to prepare for open enrollment. Consumers can also sign up for email and text message updates, giving them the opportunity to learn about new coverage options, explore resource toolkits, and review research findings as they become available.

Wondering if you’re eligible for help paying for your health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? The new website has information on who is eligible for tax credits, Medicaid, and CHIP. So whether you are uninsured or exploring new coverage options, the new website has a wealth of resources and information for you and your family.

To learn more about the benefits of the health insurance marketplace, check out’s latest video.

To stay up-to-date on information regarding enrollment, follow @MarketplaceGov on Twitter and like Health Insurance Marketplace on Facebook. Please direct any questions to