Want reliable info about the new health law?
If your brother-in-law has sent you another e-mail about how Obamacare is going to kill or bankrupt us all, or you’re simply wondering where you fit into the big picture of the Affordable Care Act, bookmark this: Healthcare.gov. It’s the government’s updated website for consumers, with accurate, straight-forward information on how it’s all going to work.
One useful new feature is a simple interactive quiz that will help you figure out what, if anything, you need to do to get ready for 2014, when all of us will have to have some kind of health insurance or pay a fine. If you’re on Medicare, for instance, you will find that you have to do…absolutely nothing, because Medicare fulfills your obligation and will change not at all next year. If you’re uninsured, you can get yourself on an email list for updates concerning the Marketplace that will open in your state Oct. 1, where you’ll be able to compare and shop for private health insurance and possibly qualify for subsidies to help pay for it.
For more information, see our Health Insurance Buying Guide as well as rankings of health insurance plans.
Got a question for me? Ask it here. Please include the state you live in.
The site has both English and Spanish versions and also a live chat feature. If you would rather talk to an actual human, there’s a new toll-free number: 1-800-318-2596.