When key parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect January 1, 2014, Arkansans will have a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Arkansas Insurance Department is partnering with the federal government to establish this insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can compare qualified health insurance plans in Arkansas and choose the plan that best meets their needs. Consumers and small businesses will be able to shop for, compare and enroll in high-quality, affordable private health insurance at competitive prices beginning October 1, 2013.

Plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace will be approved and monitored by the Arkansas Insurance Department to ensure that they offer the 10 Essential Health Benefits mandated by the new law and pay the required amount of claims costs. Individuals enrolling in health plans through the new Marketplace may also be eligible for financial assistance to help pay their premiums.

An In-Person Assistor Guide with Mainline Health Systems, Inc. will discuss how to enroll in healthcare coverage at the following places on the specified date and time:

Monticello Chamber of Commerce in Monticello, AR on September 12, 2013, from 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Star City Civic Center in Star City on September 17, 2013, from 2 p.m. -7 p.m.

Fred’s Pharmacy in Star City on September 26, 2013, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Monticello Library in Monticello on October 3, 2013, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

For more information on Insurance Marketplace call Mandy Jo Drake at (870) 443-1243 or Jennifer Watson (870) 690-7114