Capsules: Marketplace Shoppers Must Pay 1st Premium By Dec. 15; Answers To Your Online Health Insurance Exchanges Questions

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on when the first premium payments will be due for new coverage purchased on the exchange: "When consumers start shopping for coverage through new federally run health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, they will be asked dozens of questions before they are shown what health plans are available and how much they cost. Then, to finalize their enrollment, they must contact the private insurer and pay their first monthly premium. If enrollees don’t pay their insurer by Dec. 15, they will not have coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, federal health officials said Monday. If they miss that first deadline, however, open enrollment runs through March 2014" (Galewitz, 9/30).

Also on the blog, you can watch Galewitz Monday on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal taking questions about tomorrow's launch of the health law'’ online health insurance exchanges (9/30). Check out what else is on the blog.

If you have more questions, Kaiser Health News provides a resource page designed to help you navigate your way around what the new health law will mean for you, your family and what health care -- and insurance -- will cost you. Check it out.

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