The federal Marketplace, housed at www.Healthcare.gov, allows you to see plans and prices to fit your specific health care needs, shows you why you should keep or change the plan you already have, and offers information on how to enroll. Photo by Healthcare.gov

The chance to find affordable health coverage for you and your family is here again, starting today.

The second round of the Health Insurance Marketplace open-enrollment period, brought forth by the Affordable Care Act, kicked off today and will run until Feb. 15. The first open enrollment period was a tremendous success despite early hiccups, with more than 8 million Americans gaining coverage through state and federal exchanges.

The federal Marketplace, housed at www.Healthcare.gov, allows you to see plans and prices to fit your specific health care needs, shows you why you should keep or change the plan you already have, and offers information on how to enroll. The site also features tools for small businesses, which can begin offering affordable health plans for their employees beginning today.

Among the many health achievements of the first open-enrollment period, fewer American adults are uninsured now than before.

“We know that more people die early when they don’t have health insurance, and we know that less Americans are uninsured than they have been in a long, long time,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD. “The Health Insurance Marketplace has expanded health care to millions, especially for our neediest populations. The more people we can get covered, the more we can lower rates of chronic disease and lower avoidable health spending.”

On Friday, the Supreme Court said that it will hear a case that would challenge health insurance subsidies to millions of Americans. Check out APHA’s health reform page to learn how the Affordable Care Act is making our nation healthier, including our one-page fact sheet, “Why Do We Need the Affordable Care Act?”