How to prepare for the Affordable Care Act

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How to prepare for the Affordable Care Act




Posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 6:31 AM

(WFAA) — Starting Tuesday, anyone without health insurance will be able to get it.

Open enrollment for the federal health insurance online marketplace begins October 1.

Health insurance companies will continue to sell policies to anyone who wants them, but only at can citizens qualify for discounts on those same policies.

People on Medicaid; those who currently have insurance; or seniors on Medicare need not apply.

"Those subsidies are going to not only pay for the premium costs; for many people they're going to find that the premium is much reduced over the premium that's listed because they'll be able to get a subsidy," Dr. Dan McCoy, chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, said. "But they'll also be able to find out if they'll get coverage for out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles,and co-pays."

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The government Web site clearly states shopping doesn't start until October 1. Before applying for coverage, shoppers will need the following information:

  • a Social Security number (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • W-2 forms or wage and tax statements for every family member who needs coverage
  • policy numbers for any current health insurance plans
  • a completed Employer Coverage Tool

That form is available for download as part of a checklist at

The Affordable Care Act call center number is 800-318-2596.

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