Monday, September 30, 2013

For uninsured Americans, signups for coverage in the health insurance marketplaces begin tomorrow and coverage begins in January. I have a few questions about that for myself, and like apparently many people, I still remain ignorant of some of the answers. So I thought I'd share the federal website where you can get started finding out about what's happening in your state, as well as the answers to other questions.

Yeah, well, it's in the title.

Slate has a good article about all the questions you were too embarrassed to ask. They include the following cartoon. Because whatever you feel about the Affordable Care Act, nobody doesn't like watching a good cartoon.



  1. Oh, and I shared it on Facebook. I'm sure my friends and their friends and their friends will be happy to review the info...

  2. Great, Julie. I happened to watch the president's speech in Maryland from a few days ago, and I liked how he cut to the chase and said don't believe me and don't believe them. Just go and check out the website and figure out if it works for you or not.

    Meanwhile, the government is shut down. So I hope the website is up and running at least.

  3. Thanks for posting this link. I know I'm a bit late (just turned 26 and now have to get my own insurance) posting, but looking back it is pretty interesting to note that when the President told people to go check out the website... it didn't work particularly well. Kind of a flop for him, but 2 years later everything is working well (unless you live in a Republican-controlled state that refuses to set up a proper insurance exchange....). Thanks!
    -James from Wakfield

  4. You're welcome, James. I think there are still some problems with it, mostly involving the fact that it involves both health care and insurance bureaucracies. At the beginning of the year in our town for instance, negotiations broke down between a medical provider and a major insurer, and people had to scramble for a new plan, only to have the bickering parties finallly settle and have to change back again. But it has succeeded in supplying many many people with health insurance that they otherwise couldn't have gotten, or wouldn't have gotten, and I think in that sense it's been a net gain for all.