The Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014

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Contact Includes a 24 hour toll free number (1-800-318-2596) and online chat. Also includes help for small businesses. Options will vary state to state.  Get local help applying for health coverage by entering a City and State or Zip Code.

Enroll Alabama: This organization has navigators located throughout the state to help Alabamians gain health coverage and determine if they are eligible for subsidies. You can reach their call center at 205-918-8192.
Useful Tools:

Subsidy Calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Please note this is just an estimate. To understand the true costs you will have to fill out the application at

Step-by-step Infographic This flowchart from the Kaiser Family Foundation and published in JAMA will guide you through the process.

IRS Tax Provisions for Individuals and Families contains lots of information on filing requirements, tax credits (and advances) plus more.
Applications and Fact Sheets:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  has published applications for individuals and families, as well as various helpful fact sheets.

Get Covered is a one page overview of the most important things to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Marketplace Application Checklist outlines the information you will need to provide to apply for insurance.

Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know Now is an article from Consumer Reports.