Applying For Health Insurance Requires Some Homework

WASHINGTON (September 30, 2013)—Enrolling for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law may feel like a cross between doing taxes and making an important purchase that requires research.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said "nothing like this has ever existed before,” during a media preview Monday.

In order to enroll, you’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that's right for your needs.

The process involves federal agencies electronically verifying your identity, citizenship and income, and you have to sign that you are providing truthful information, subject to perjury laws.

Starting Tuesday you can apply online, via a call center, in person, or through the mail.

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