You can apply for health coverage, compare all your options, and enroll in a plan in one streamlined application through the Health Insurance Marketplace. When open enrollment begins October 1, 2013, you can fill out your application and see the health coverage options available to you.
These are the four steps listed on the site:
1. Create an account
First provide some basic information. Then choose a user name, password, and security questions for added protection.
2. Apply for Marketplace coverage
Enter information about you and your family, including your income, household size, and more. Use this checklist now to help you gather the information you’ll need.
3. Pick a plan
Next you’ll see all the health insurance plans and programs you’re eligible for and compare them side-by-side. You’ll also find out if you can get lower costs on Marketplace coverage.
Choose a plan that fits your needs and budget.
A phone number is listed for anyone needing assistance with signing up or understanding the Marketplace Exchanges. What isn't listed is how insurance companies have already doubled or tripled the cost of their plans.
For those who believe their current health insurance policy has them covered, it may not be so. Every policy must meet Obama's definition of minimum coverage. This means some people will have to upgrade their policies and probably pay much more than they do now.