Obamacare 101: Seven ways you can sign up, despite Web woes

On Oct. 21, President Obama acknowledged the technical problems with the Obamacare website. Although he talked about the importance of fixing it, he also emphasized that Americans have other ways of signing up for insurance. Here are seven options you may want to know about.

3. Fill out a form on paper

HealthCare.gov makes it easy to download paper forms and instructions, which you can print out. The virtue of this approach: no need to worry about getting bogged down on the website. You just fill out your information and mail it in to an Obamacare administrative office in Kentucky.

But this option doesn’t let you see your coverage choices immediately and check the box for, say, a silver plan from Blue Cross. Instead, it starts the sign-up process. “We’ll follow up with you within 1-2 weeks,” regarding next steps in the process, the form says. “If you don’t hear from us, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.”

3 of 7
of stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Unlimited digital access $11/month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.