Federal officials open a new marketplace to help Nebraskans get health care coverage that will soon be required under the Affordable Care Act.
Consumers can enroll with help from local Community Action offices, private insurance agents, some community hospitals, or the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Enrollment opens Tuesday, but uninsured Nebraskans have until March 31 to sign up for a plan without being penalized.
Users may qualify for help with premiums if they make between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line. That's about $11,500 to $46,000 for an individual. It's roughly $19,500 to $78,000 for a family of three.
You can shop the market at www.healthcare.gov. Information also is available at a toll-free help line, 1-800-318-2596.