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Affordable Care Act Information

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law intends to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.

Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help?Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Certified Assistors from Opportunity Alliance at the Main Library Wednesdays from 10am until noon during the open enrollment period. Certified Assistors from Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health will be here on Fridays from 10:30-12:30. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.

Certified Assistors will not be at the Library on the following dates due to the holiday season: Friday November 28th, Wednesday December 24th, Friday December 26th and Wednesday December 31st.

Certified Assistors/PORTLAND

The two Certified Assistors agencies in the Portland area are the Portland Community Health Center and the Opportunity Alliance. Call  (207) 874-2141 ext. 5007 to reach Portland Community Health Center to learn about the new health insurance options. Opportunity Alliance runs the  2-1-1 service and people can call that number to locate sources of assistance. The Certified Assistors cannot recommend one policy over another but can explain the options and guide people through the process.

The links on this page will help you find answers to questions about the ACA program:

Call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to get answers to your health care questions by a customer service representative, available 24/7. On calling, you’ll be welcomed to the Health Insurance Marketplace and asked to give your state.

If you live in Maine (both individuals and small businesses), you will use The Health Insurance Marketplace, to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll.

For more general information about the ACA:

Forms – Marketplace Consumer Application

**to be updated for upcoming enrollment dates

  • Individual Short form
  • Family
  • Individual without Financial Assistance

 

Small Businesses

Are you a business? BusinessUSA has a wizard to help businesses find information specific to the new health care changes. Mainebiz has also compiled a resource page to inform local businesses.  Also:

Forms – Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)

Upcoming Events:
Dec19
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Dec24
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Dec31
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Jan02
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Jan07
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Jan09
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Jan14
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Jan16
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Jan21
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Jan23
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Jan28
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Jan30
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Feb04
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Feb06
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
Feb11
Health Insurance Assistance
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Opportunity Alliance.
Feb13
Health Insurance Assistance
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator. In partnership with Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.
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