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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? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Certified Assistors from Opportunity Alliance at the Main Library Wednesdays from 10:30-12:30 during the open enrollment period. Certified Assistors from Portland Community Health will be here on Fridays from 10:00-12:00. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.  


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

**Updated for 11/15/2015

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)

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