Affordable Care Act Information

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, and changes in health care in the United States have been happening every year since then. Click here to see a timeline from U.S Department of Health and Human Services for more information on what has already happened, and changes coming up in the future. Many of the laws were implemented on January 1, 2014.

2013 marked the first Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which started on October 1, 2013. The HIM is where individuals and small businesses are able to shop for subsidized health insurance coverage.

The following resources are provided by the Federal Government to help you understand what Health Care Reform means to you, so you can make the best decisions about your health insurance needs.

The state of Ohio has chosen to use the federal exchange for health insurance. Please click on the highlighted information to be connected to the official ACA Marketplace website:

HealthCare.gov

Click here to learn how to get ready to enroll in the Marketplace.

If you prefer calling the Marketplace to speak to a representative, the toll-free number is 1-800-318-2596.
Click here to connect with the Ohio Department of Insurance for answers to frequently asked questions about Federal Health Care Reform.

Public computers and printers are available at the Portsmouth Public Library for individuals to use to connect to HealthCare.gov and other websites that will assist in understanding and enrolling in a health insurance plan.

Please note that library staff cannot assist patrons in selecting an insurance plan/company or to complete the required insurance applications.