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Elizabeth Davis

Get Help Signing Up for Health Insurance

By September 27, 2013

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Are you intimidated by the process of signing up for health insurance with one of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges? Although the process is supposed to be simple--and I hope it is--I'm not holding my breath that it will be.

I'm sure most of us will manage to muddle through the process one way or another. After all, most of us manage to get our taxes filed each year, and we don't get rewarded with health insurance benefits for doing that.

If, however, you find yourself needing help with the application process, you can always call your state's health insurance exchange to get help over the phone. Some will also provide online chat support, and some even allow certain insurance agents to help their clients get insurance through an exchange.

If none of those options appeal to you, the federal government has a resource that might help. The website http://localhelp.healthcare.gov lists approved local community resources that will help people sign up for Obamacare. Just type in your zip code and this government website will tell you what local resources are available to you--if there are any.

When I typed in a Miami zip code, the website returned information on six resources including contact information, hours of operation, languages spoken, and what the resource could help with.

However, when I typed in my own rural Florida zip code, the website couldn't provide any local resources. When I typed in my sister's Washington state zip code, the website referred me to the health insurance exchange for the Washington State.

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