Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Welcome to 2nd Quarter 2013

A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care
by Kathleen Sebelius,  Secretary of Health and Human Services

Editor's Note: The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," will have several access points throughout the state. The Living Affected Corporation has been selected as a designated point within the LGBTQ community. Through this organization individuals and or families will be able to get "in-person" assistance as everyone is give access to an insurance marketplace to choose appropriate coverage for their circumstances. For more information contact the group at 501.379-8203 or

Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage.

We have finalized the application you can complete later this year to learn what health insurance programs you are eligible for and the discounts to help pay for it. Starting in October, it will be the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and tax credits that will help pay for premiums.
one application you can use to apply for the new

I’m also pleased to say the application has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals is three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds, to seven pages.

This is much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.
Whether you choose to use this application to apply for coverage online, by phone, or on paper, the Health Insurance Marketplace will give you better options than they have today – with one destination to apply and many resources to get help.

In-person counselors and a toll free phone line will be available to help you through every step of the process.
The online application that will go live on when the Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment on October 1, can be found here:
You can sign up to learn more and get ready to enroll at

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