Starting October 1, Americans nationwide will be able to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as President Obama's "Obamacare" initiative. Follow these easy instructions to enroll in the program.
To begin the process, open your favorite Internet browser and type http://www.healthcare.gov into the address bar. The page, displayed above, will come up.
Click the green "apply now" button.
You will now be looking at the front of the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
You will first need to indicate whether you will be applying for individuals and families or for small business owners. Click on the one that applies to you.
Next, you will need to indicate which state you will be applying for coverage in.
Where it says "choose your state," click on the drop-down menu and select where you live. Once you have indicated your home state, a green button will appear to the right of the drop-down menu. Click it to move on.
From this point you will be sent to your state's healthcare website. There, you will be asked to create an account. In doing so, you will have to provide your name and e-mail address. Once to fill out the form and submit the information, an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail inbox.
Log in to your e-mail provider and look for a message from the healthcare website. If it does not immediately appear in your inbox, wait a couple of minutes and give some time for the message to come through. If it still does not show up, check your spam folders to see if the message was mistakenly sorted into that folder.
Once you find it, open the message. Read it carefully and click on the confirmation link provided.
From there, you will be taken through the marketplace process for selecting and applying for your new healthcare plan.
At this time, the Healthcare.gov website is receiving copious amounts of users wanting to apply for coverage. This is causing some issues with the website, which President Obama assured today would soon be fixed.