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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.

Open Enrollment for 2014 coverage is over. But you may still have options to get health coverage. Click here o view your options after March 31, 2014. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014.

The library has gathered information for you to learn more about the larger issues and the personal implications of the Affordable Care Act and help you make informed choices. Individuals and small businesses can visit The Health Insurance Marketplace. for more information. You can also call  Opportunity Alliance’s 2-1-1 service to locate sources of assistance.

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:

Navigators/PORTLAND

The two Navigator agencies in the Portland area are the Portland Community Health Center and the Opportunity Alliance. Call  (207) 874-2141 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. There will be Navigators and Certified Application Counselors.  These people cannot recommend one policy over another but can explain the options and guide people through the process.

Navigators/MAINE Two organizations, Western Maine Community Action and Fishing Partnership Support Services, were selected to provide “Navigators” for Maine citizens. Navigators will serve as an in-person resource for people with questions regarding shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace this fall. These organizations will be providing people assistance in enrolling and will work with libraries to hold workshops.

Tax Provisions. The ACA contains new health insurance coverage and financial assistance options for individuals and families. The IRS will administer the tax provisions included in the law.

Are you a Veteran? Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs page ‘VA, Affordable Care Act and You’

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.

Forms – Marketplace Consumer Application

Publications – Bi-fold brochures

Files below require the free Adobe Reader.

Small Businesses

Forms – Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)