By Lisa Zamosky
As we near the March 31 enrollment deadline under the Affordable Care Act, there’s still widespread confusion about the law and how it works. If you have questions about the law and how it affects you, here’s your chance to get answers — from the president himself. This week, I will be taking part in a WebMD interview with President Barack Obama. We are asking you – our readers – to send questions about the new health care law that we can take to the interview. You can submit your question here and then come back to watch the interview March 14.
In preparation for the interview, I’ll be reading every question you’ve sent in to see what’s on your mind. Although there won’t be time in the interview for me to ask each one, it will help me understand your most pressing concerns so I can share them with the president.
Here are other ways to get information about the Affordable Care Act:
State Marketplaces: Navigators can help people understand their options and how to enroll. You can chat with someone online, or speak with a live person by phone through each of the state websites.
Check WebMD’s State Health Insurance Marketplace pages to see what assistance is available and how to get in contact with folks in your state.
Private health insurance exchanges: You can also sign up for Marketplace health insurance through private web-based brokers such as GoHealth.com, GetInsured.com, healthsherpa.com and ehealthinsurance.com. The plans also include information about financial assistance for people who qualify. Each has call centers with staff available to answer your questions and help you through the process.
Insurance brokers: You can work with a licensed insurance broker or agent who has had special training and met certification requirements to offer plans through your state’s Marketplace. Contact the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to find an agent near you: naic.org.
In-person assistance: Community health centers, hospitals, other healthcare providers or social service agencies are able to provide consumers with help. Your county office of public health will answer questions, enroll people in Medicaid and assist with plans sold through the Marketplace. You can contact your state’s Marketplace for a referral to a location in your area providing on-site help.