The Affordable Care Act
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care - including family planning and related services - more accessible and affordable for many Americans. This law not only makes health insurance more accessible but also requires that everyone (unless you are exempt) have health insurance or pay a penalty when filing your 2014 return in April of 2015.
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace begins October 1, 2013 and closes March 31, 2014. Coverage will begin on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2014.
Documents you will need when applying for health insurance:
- Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
- Birth dates of family members
- Pay stubs, W-2 forms, or "Wage and Tax Statements"
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance
- Information about any health insurance the family could qualify for from an employer
Anyone living in New York State must enroll using this website.
Trained representatives are ready to answer questions and provide information to consumers and small businesses.
Customer Service hours of operation:
Monday-Friday, 8 AM–8 PM and Saturday, 9 AM–1 PM.
Healthcare.gov offers assistance right now via telephone, TTY, and live chat 24 hours/day.
An entertaining and simplified video explanation of Obamacare from Kaiser Family Foundation:
Heart Health Month
Health Reference Magazines
Health Reference magazines are located in the Health Reference Center on the third floor.
Bottom Line Health
Consumer Reports On Health
Harvard Health Letter
Harvard Women's Health Watch
Health After 50
Health & Nutrition Letter
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Mayo Clinic Health Watch
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