Health Insurance Marketplace – Affordable Care Act Coverage


As most Americans are aware, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for public enrollment on October 1, 2013. With many bumps along the way, the marketplace continues to make improvements to ease the application process for health insurance options.

There are four (4) main ways that a person can apply for Marketplace insurance coverage:  online, by telephone, by paper application, or in person with an assistant. Although the Marketplace website ( had start up problems, it is still the most real time method to shop your own personal information and compare health plans. A person can create an account for the system, fill out the application, and obtain real-life, personal quotes for the various insurance plans and tax credits available.

Many people don’t feel comfortable using technology or have the technology available to use. In that case, Barnes-Kasson can help! We have staff members certified as application counselors to assist in the application process. You can schedule an appointment by calling (570) 853-3135, ext. 189 for Mary Iveson or ext. 522 for Irene Roe. You will be scheduled for one-on-one help to complete your application. If you start your application at home and have any questions along the way, we are here to help with that, too.

To do a telephone application, you can call 1-800-318-2596 where the Marketplace has customer service representatives to work with you to complete the application and enrollment process. Paper applications are also available by calling the number above. A PDF version of the paper application was added to the Marketplace website, so it can also be printed from there.

If you would like any application assistance or just have general questions, please call us at Barnes-Kasson anytime. We are here to help in any way we can.