Health Insurance Marketplace: Open Enrollment Begins October 1, 2013

Starting in less than two months health care consumers will be able to apply for health coverage through a new system created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You may know it by another name, Obamacare. Under the new law you can apply for or buy health insurance through a health insurance exchange. These “marketplaces” are they are sometimes called have been created for individuals and families who do not receive coverage through their employer or do not qualify for Medicaid.

Enrollment in health plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, 2013. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

If you are a consumer ready to learn about and buy health insurance through the Marketplace, visit , the official consumer site for the Marketplace.

If you are a professional learning about the Marketplace or helping people apply, get the latest resources at the Marketplace at

You can learn more by visiting Health Insurance Marketplace’s Facebook
page. Be sure to “Like” them.

Additional information on the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act will be presented in the weeks ahead.

New Jersey SHARES Launches New Facebook Page

Today New Jersey SHARES, our statewide nonprofit energy fund sent out their monthly newsletter. The lead article announced the launching of their Facebook page. If you want to receive timely information about our statewide energy fund, get news about energy assistance, or related social service resources just add NJ SHARES to your Facebook community. Their article reads as follows:

We are pleased to announce the NJ SHARES Facebook Page has officially launched. Please “Like” us on Facebook and consider sharing with your network.

“Like” Us:
It’s easy to “Like” the New Jersey SHARES, Inc. page. First, log into your own Facebook page. Next, click on this link OR manually type that address into your own web browser, and you will be transported to our page. Underneath our cover photo and next to our name, you will see an icon that says “Like” with a thumbs-up graphic. Simply “Like” the page by clicking on that icon.

Share with Network
Once you have “Liked” New Jersey SHARES, Inc.’s page, consider sharing the page with your friends and other networks. Visit New Jersey SHARES, Inc.’s Facebook page – underneath our cover photo, next to the icon that says “Like,” there should be another icon that looks like a wheel or gear. Click that icon, and a drop down menu will appear. Next, click on “Share.” which is listed underneath “Create a Page.”

Other articles in their newsletter covered the following: “Find Out If You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit”, “Tax Credit Available for New Jersey’s Working Families”, “Poverty Presents Risks for Children in Newark” and a spotlight on HOPES Community Action Partnership.

To subscribe to NJ SHARES newsletter, Sharing Neighborhoods, please visit