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Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

Opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace

On October 1, 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened to the public to offer individuals, families, and employers a new way to obtain information about and purchase health insurance plans. The new Health Insurance Marketplace puts information regarding health care changes and costs in one place allowing “shoppers” (individuals and families) to compare health insurance plans and choose the one that best matches their individual coverage, financial, and health care needs.

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts WVU Students

Students enrolled in the 2013-2014 West Virginia University Student Health Insurance Plan are fully-covered until August 10, 2014 and do not have to take any action, as the WVU Student Health Insurance Plan meets or exceeds the minimum federal requirements for health plan coverage.

If students lose their health insurance coverage during the school year, they can enroll in the WVU Student Health Insurance Plan or go to for information about the Health Insurance Marketplace plans available.

Young Adults

Young adults (between the ages of 18-25) often find themselves uninsured and without adequate health care coverage. Finding information about health care options has become easier with the Health Care Marketplace. Here is a quick, one-page guide to the Marketplace. More information tailored to the Young Adult age group can be found here.

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace

Open Enrollment starts on October 1, 2013 and ends March 31, 2014. Open Enrollment is a period of time to allow individuals and families time to compare their options and select the plan that is best for them. Find enrollment and plan information on

Find out more information at Aetna’s website.

Printable Resources

The following resources below contain more information regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace, enrollment, and choosing a plan. Further information can be found on

Ready for Health Insurance

Value of Health Insurance

About the Marketplace

Key Dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace

Things to Think About When Choosing a Plan

ACA FAQ for Student Health Insurance Enrollees

ACA and College Student Information

Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now