Affordable Healthcare Act Gateway to the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. It simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. With one application you can compare plans side-by-side based on price, benefits, quality, and other features important to you before you make a choice. Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) or connect with on social media: YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Google+

2013 Wisconsin Health Coverage Option Report

This report by Kevin Kane of Citizen Action of Wisconsin evaluates the extent of health insurance choices that will be offered in every region of Wisconsin by the new competitive health marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, the new national health care reform law. It also includes a list of Wisconsin counties and population data in addition to which insurers will be offered. 

AARP: Health Care Reform Law Fact Sheets

Get the facts about the Affordable Care Act with educational fact sheets from AARP’s department of Education & Outreach.  Included are printable publications about the basics, the law and specific populations, provisions of the law, the law and Medicare, and information for small businesses. Health Insurance Marketplace – Training

Training materials and presentations are linked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website, as well as providing another source for connection to additional official resources.   »

Consumer Reports: Guides to Health Care Reform and Medicare

Providing easy-to-understand comparative information to help consumers make the best decisions in the marketplace has been the mission of Consumer Reports for 76 years. At you will find downloadable guides on Health Reform (“7 Things You Need to Know Now”) and Medicare (“6 Things You Need to Know Now”). 

Covering Kids & Families: Wisconsin

Covering Kids & Families (CKF) is a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing health disparities and improving overall health in Wisconsin by working in partnership with UW-Extension and other organizations throughout the state interested in participation in public health insurance programs. The Affordable Care Act Tools and Information page includes ACA Factsheets, AFC Blog, training tools, webinar and PowerPoint, and other resources. Includes a slide presentation on BadgerCare Plus Express Enrollment for Children. 

Enroll America

Enroll America is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. Enroll America is a collaborative organization, working with partners that span the gamut of health coverage stakeholders — health insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, employers, consumer groups, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, and philanthropies — to engage many different voices in support of an easy, accessible, and widely available enrollment process. 

ForwardHealth: Wisconsin Benefit Programs

ForwardHealth covers benefit programs in Wisconsin including BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin Medicaid and prescription drug programs if you need assistance or additional information in these areas.  Wisconsin has declined to accept federal funds through the Affordable Care Act and adjusted the state’s Medicaid program to cover adults earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,490 a year for a single person), but require those living above it to enter private insurance exchanges.  See HealthCare.govfor details. Key Features of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website displays key features of the Affordable Care Act, links to fact sheets on various associated topics and a Wisconsin page summary. Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance

Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014 (May 29, 2013) This 16 page booklet presents basic information to help you understand your health insurance options and guide you through enrollment. It is also a resource for patient navigators, community organizations, employers, media, educators, and organizations working to help consumers make important decisions and improve understanding of options for health insurance. 

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform

This website highlights resources examining Marketplaces and related issues. Kaiser is a nonprofit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. It serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.   The Kaiser Family Foundation health insurance and savings calculator will give you a rough estimate of how much health insurance may cost in 2014. Affordable Care Act

This website is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Here you will find more information about how the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are related to Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  

OCLC WebJunction: Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources

This archived session for librarians was presented by WebJunction on August 28, 2013. It explored strategies for libraries to identify Affordable Care Act resources, provided an interactive opportunity for libraries working to prepare for patron requests, and presented an oopportunity to obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts. 

OCLC WebJunction: Preparing Libraries for the Affordable Care Act

WebJunction’s mission is to promote learning for all library staff by providing an open, affordable online learning community.   Click on the link above for resources supporting public libraries responding to Affordable Care Act requests in their communities. Health Care Reform

A video tutorial, quick start guide and “four easy steps” to learning the basics, understanding costs, knowing your state plan and getting ready. »

Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service

The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service in Wausau presented a program “Preparing for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: A View from Wisconsin” on June 13-14, 2013.  You will find links to conference presentations, media coverage and other useful and related links collected on this page.    »

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