In Alaska the first of many enrollment periods for the federal health exchange begins October 1, 2013 and lasts six months. After March 31, 2014 you can enroll if you have a qualifying life event like a job change or marriage.
The IRS will be a key player in overseeing the health insurance exchanges. In order to fulfill its role, the IRS has requested thousands of new agents to determine eligibility, identify fraud, collect penalties and assess new health care taxes, for example. Applicants must complete and submit an 11-page form that requires disclosure of data including your social security number, income, number of dependents and certain health information. This information is used to determine your eligibility and pricing structure for enrollment into the exchange.
It is still unclear what access to doctors, hospitals and specialists will be under the federal exchange plans. All sides make predictions good and bad, but nobody knows for certain. In some states, enrollees in similar exchange plans have access to less than half the number of doctors they had in their previous plans. If you like your plan, your hospital, or your doctor today, you may not get to keep them if you enroll in the exchange.