The open enrollment season for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act began this week. And a lot has changed for consumers who buy their own individual coverage through the health law’s state and federal marketplaces. For example, the sign-up period is shorter than it has been in the past. There also will be less on-the-ground assistance available to help them navigate the ins and outs of these online marketplaces. And that’s just the beginning. This live chat features KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby answering questions about these changes and offering tips for consumers about how to shop around and compare options for the 2018 coverage year.
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