The Obama administration says 36 states signed on to set up Obamacare healthcare exchanges or healthcare marketplaces. This means that if you live in one of those states you can go online to visit your state’s registry.
This is pretty important because the insurance offerings are different in every state. Some insurance companies aren’t participating. So even if there’s an insurer with whom you are familiar from a time when you or a family member were covered, that insurer may not be available in your state’s health care marketplace.
It’s also important to check with your state because the cost of insurance varies from state to state. The state websites will walk you through the options and there should be people on call, or available for online chats or to answer questions in a phone call.
Here are links to active websites where they seem ready to help.
- Arkansas- Arkansas Health Connector
- California- Covered California
- Colorado-Connect 4 Health Colorado
- Connecticut-Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange
- Delaware-Delaware Health Care Commission
- District of Columbia-Health Benefits Exchange Authority
- Hawaii-Hawaii Health Connector
- Idaho-Idaho Health Insurance Exchange
- Illinois-Illinois Health Insurance Exchange
- Kentucky-Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange
- Maryland-Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
- Massachusetts-Massachusetts Health Connector
- Michigan-Michigan Health Insurance Exchange
- NevadaSilver State Health Insurance Exchange
- New Mexico-New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange
- New York-New York Health Benefits Exchange
- Rhode Island0-Rhode Island Health Benefit Exchange
- South Dakota –South Dakota Health Care Exchange
- Vermont-Vermont Health Benefit Exchange
- Washington-Washington Health Benefit Exchange
- West Virginia-West Virginia Health Exchange
If your state isn’t participating you can go to the federal government’s website: Heathcare.gov. It’s a very friendly easy to use site and if you follow the prompts you can work your way easily through the set-up.