October 1st Opening of Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace Celebrated Around State

October 1st Opening of Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace Celebrated Around State

MeHAF Participates in Kick-Off Events in Portland and Bangor; Events Also Held in Presque Isle, Waterville and Lewiston

One of the centerpieces of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly called the “exchange”) opened with great anticipation and a tidal wave of online interest on and state marketplace sites. The volume of visitors quickly swamped federal government and some state marketplace servers. MeHAF-supported and just-launched, an online site to help Mainers find local trained assisters and other information on Maine's federally-facilitated Marketplace, received over 3000 unique visits on October 1st!  Despite the federal government shut-down, Maine organizations involved in enrollment, education and outreach on the Marketplace got off to a good start on October 1st. 

Here’s a sampling of coverage from Maine media:

WMTW-TV8: "What You Need to Know About the Marketplace”
Bangor Daily News: "Health Insurance Marketplace Opens to Flood of Interest,Glitches"

WSCH-TV6: "Non Profits Start Push to Promote New Health Care Marketplace"

Maine Public Radio: "Mainers Begin Signing up for Health Care Under ACA"

WABI-TV5: "Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins" (Coverage of Penobscot Community Health Care’s Kick-off Event)

Waterville Morning Sentinel: "Uninsured Seek Answers at Waterville Health Care Presentation" (Coverage of Western Maine Community Action Program and KVCAP’s Oct. 1 consumer workshops at the Waterville Public Library)

Lewiston Sun Journal: "Obamacare Enrollment Presentation at Lewiston Public Library" (WMCA’s kick-off consumer workshop on Oct. 1)
Presque Isle
WAGM-TV8: "Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Launched; Web Traffic Causes Slow-down"

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