October 1, 2013 is an important date for individuals and families in need of affordable health insurance. This is the date Open Enrollment begins for the Health Insurance Marketplace, as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare").
The Federal government has created HealthCare.gov help citizens understand more about the law and steps that can be taken to sign up for affordable health insurance.
This does depend on the state that you live in. Some states, such as Maryland have created their own web sites for open enrollment. Maryland's web site is called Maryland Health Connection). Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia do not have their own open enrollment marketplace, and so residents of these states would use HealthCare.gov. To learn about marketplaces for other states, check this link.
Even if you will not be signing up for health insurance, the web site has additional information about the law and how it has affected health care and health insurance. Please take the time to brush up on your health care options, and share this information with family and friends.