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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches New Affordable Care Act Website to Help Consumers

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On June 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an updated website, as well as information on their 24-hour consumer call center [1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)]. These two new consumer-focused educational tools will help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for health insurance.

When open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, consumers will be able to use the newly updated website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. However, if your state is operating a state-based marketplace, you will likely use your state website to apply for coverage instead, not the one operated by HHS. To learn if your state is operating a state-based marketplace and if you should use a specific state website to apply for coverage, click here.