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September 5, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Opens October 1


SAGE will be providing information throughout the month of September on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Stay tuned weekly for videos, fact sheets and informational blog posts that will get you ready for the October 1 enrollment!

The Affordable Care Act, which will go into full effect on January 1, 2014, will greatly expand the health care benefits available to Americans who have no health coverage, as well as those who are underinsured. This is a boon to the millions of older Americans who are currently uninsured—in 2010, 8.9 million Americans age 50-64 had no health coverage, and this number continues to rise.

Beginning October 1, if you are under 65 and need insurance, you can shop for a plan that meets your needs in the new Health Insurance Marketplace. This video shows you how easy it is to get started.

The open enrollment period is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014—but coverage will start as early as January 1, 2014, so sign up early! In the coming weeks, SAGE will post more information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, what benefits are available, and how to enroll. In addition, there are a number of ways you can get help or more information on the Marketplace and whether you are eligible for lower health premiums. Visit healthcare.gov to get quick answers, chat live online with a representative, or find local in-person assistance. Or call 1-800-318-2596—help is available 24/7 in 150 languages.



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