Health Insurance Marketplace Information

Health Insurance Marketplace General Information

Get help. You can sign up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at HealthCare.gov

You can also sign up in Spanish at CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

You can call 1-800-318-2596, any time, any hour, and a trained representative will help you enroll.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is the website for enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan; it also contains useful education and resource information.

InsureKS.org is a website developed by the Kansas Insurance Department to supplement the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers can use this site to estimate premiums, tax credits and view the plans available in their areas.

Local help

  • Paige C. Ashley, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, (785) 251-2136, Shawnee County Health Agency, 1615 W. 8th Street, Topeka, KS  66606
  • Angie Duncan, Certified Navigator, Valeo Behavioral Health Care Benefit Specialist, 785-783-3124

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollapalooza at the library

Plan to attend one of the all day events hosted by the Shawnee County Health Agency

On one Monday each month during the open enrollment period, Navigators and trained certified application assistors will be available at the library from  9:00 AM – 8:00 PM to help interested citizens learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and apply online.

The dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollapalooza at the library will be:

  • 1/12/2015
  • 2/9/2015

 

Key dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace

Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a 2015 Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.
Are you ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period?

Here are 4 key dates you should know:

  • November 15, 2014. Open Enrollment begins. Apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
  • December 15, 2014. Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by the 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage.
  • December 31, 2014. Coverage ends for 2014 plans. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st.
  • February 15, 2015. This is the last day you can apply for 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.

During the first Marketplace annual open enrollment period, 57,013 Kansas obtained affordable, quality health coverage through the Marketplace and 79% of those individuals selected a plan with financial assistance.

Personal Income Taxes and Health Insurance

In the coming weeks, consumer-friendly tools and resources will be made available for those tax filers who have health coverage through the Marketplaces, those seeking an exemption, and those looking for information about the fee for those who could afford to purchase health coverage but chose not to.  General resources can be found at www.IRS.gov/ACA or https://www.healthcare.gov/taxes/.  A sampling of some of resources already available, include:

Free Income Tax Assistance for low and moderate income individuals in Shawnee County is available beginning January 26, 2015. Download the complete schedule from Shawnee County K-State Research and Extension.

What is the library doing to help?

Library staff cannot assist customers in completing the application or enrollment process, but can provide technology assistance in using the library’s public computers and printers.

Please direct questions and feedback on how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library can improve our community partnerships to provide Shawnee County residents with the information they need to:

Lissa Staley, Health Information Librarian estaley@tscpl.org

This page updated 1/8/2015