06/24/2013 07:05 am ET Updated Aug 24, 2013

Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace

This is an historic time for millions of Americans who don't have health insurance or need better and more affordable options. The opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage will soon be a reality.

I'm delighted to announce some exciting new steps in our continuing efforts to extend coverage to millions of Americans and small businesses. Today, we're launching an updated to make it easy for consumers to learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

We've added new tools to the website, videos, and other resources so consumers and small businesses will be able to get clear and easy-to-understand information to compare plans when open enrollment begins on October 1. For Spanish-speaking consumers, has also been updated in preparation for the Marketplace.

Check out today and you'll find a live online chat feature that will help get your health insurance questions answered. You can sign up now for emails and text messages so you don't miss a thing when it's time to enroll.

We're also launching a new toll-free consumer line (1-800-318-2596) that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can speak with a trained customer service representative in any one of more than 150 languages and get answers to your questions about the Marketplace.

These new tools are all part of our mission to help Americans get health coverage and have the information they need to make choices that are right for them.

For millions of Americans and their families, the time for having the security of affordable, quality health care coverage they need and deserve is finally within sight.