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Affordable Care Act - Obamacare  

A collection of resources from the Gloucester County Library System for information regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
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Welcome to the GCLS Affordable Care Act (ACA) Guide.

This guide provides easy access to authoritative information regarding the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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If you have questions, call  24/7 1-800-318-2596  or Chat Online at

What is the Affordable Healthcare Act?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or commonly referred to as Obamacare was passed in March 2010, with the goal of increasing healthcare coverage to more Americans. Read the full text of the law.

When can I apply?

Can apply starting OCTOBER 1, 2013. Coverage will be effective JANUARY 1, 2014. Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.

Who can apply?

You must live in the United States.

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National (or lawfully present) See more information about Immigration status

You cannot be currently incarcerated

How do I apply?

Starting October 1st you can apply online at, or by calling 1-800-318-2596. 

How do I create a username and password?

In October, you can create an online account. 

Steps to create an online profile:

Go to

At the top of the page, click the “Get Insurance” tab.

Select your state to learn about enrollment and coverage.

What do I need to apply?

Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)

Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage. (Pay stubs, or W-2 forms)

Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household.

Completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.

Where can I go if I have more questions?

Starting in October, local help will be available to assist in filling out applications and helping them through the process. Locate local help

For more information, call 1-800-318-2596 or visit

Where can I go to file a complaint about insurance in New Jersey?

You can visit the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance at: or call the department at: 609-292-7272.  

FAQ courtesy: Atlantic City Free Public Library


Navigator Exchange Program

Center For Family Services will have trained navigators available to help people understand healthcare options and assist in the application process. Navigators will be available in various locations across southern New Jersey beginning October 1.

Please visit their website for more information:

Or Call: 1-877-922-2377

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Gloucester County Consumer Protection


The FTC and Gloucester County Consumer Affairs, advises consumers not to give out personal information over the phone, including financial information from unsolicited phone calls, e-mails, or knocks on the door.  Scam artists want your information so badly they will go to great lengths to get it, especially preying on senior citizens.  The information they want will allow them to charge your existing credit cards, open new accounts, write fraudulent checks and more.  On rare occasions, they may even know your bank routing number and prod you into giving the account number.

If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang-up.  It's a scam.  The government and other legitimate organizations already have your personal information and would not be asking for it.

If you have any questions please call our office at 856-384-6855.


Health Insurance Marketplace

The State of New Jersey has chosen to use the federal health insurance exchange.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is coming soon! A new way to get affordable coverage launches October 1. Answer a few questions to learn if you qualify for lower costs here:

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Selected Books

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Beating Obamacare - Betsy McCaughey
ISBN: 9781621570790
Beating Obamacare is the straightforward, practical guide to navigating Obamacare that every individual and family needs. This guide will tell you exactly what to expect, what’s changing, and how much it will cost you and your family

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Health Care Reform - Jonathan Gruber; Dean Motter (Illustrator); Nathan Schreiber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780809094622
"Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works is a deeply informed, opinionated, immediately accessible explanation of why health care reform is essential, why the legislation Congress passed is our best bet for solving the problem, and why it would be disastrous if we revoked it. Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans are against health care reform. Polls also show that the majority of American's just do not understand what is at stake, how reform works, and what its immediate and long-term consequences will be.

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America's Bitter Pill - Steven Brill
ISBN: 9780812996951
America’s Bitter Pill is Steven Brill’s much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Brill probed the depths of our nation’s healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest. Now he broadens his lens and delves deeper, pulling no punches and taking no prisoners.

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Living with ObamaCare - John Goodman
ISBN: 9781568082349
Living With ObamaCare is written in a straightforward question-and-answer format, from the perspective of health care consumers and individuals, employers, and taxpayers paying for health care by one of the nation's leading health economists: John C. Goodman. It is published by the National Center for Policy Analysis, the think tank that developed the concept of Health Savings Accounts.


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