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Fact Sheet
October 2015

Understanding How to Enroll in Health Insurance through Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for everyone to enroll in high-quality, affordable health insurance. People shopping for insurance on their own can now use the health insurance marketplaces to compare health plans and buy the one that best meets their needs and budget.

Use this series of fact sheets to find out how to sign up for marketplace health insurance and how to get financial assistance to help pay for the cost of coverage. These fact sheets also answer key questions about how to find a plan that is affordable and meets your health care needs.

You can also learn more about specific issues related to getting financial assistance, such as how to decide how much assistance to use upfront to pay for premiums, and how this assistance affects your taxes. The series also explains the requirement to have health insurance and who can get an "exemption" from the requirement without having to pay a fee.

Check out these easy-to-understand fact sheets to learn all you need to know about how to shop for health insurance in your state marketplace.

These fact sheets are part of our Enrollment Assister Resource Center, which provides information, tools, and resources to help organizations and individuals that run enrollment assistance programs.