Health Insurance Marketplace: Creating an account online

You have probably heard talk of the Health Insurance Marketplace, a component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that debuted online in October 2013 designed to control the ever-growing cost of U.S. health insurance policies and improve access to healthcare.

(To understand how the ACA and Marketplace work in theory, please watch this very entertaining and informative YouToons video.)

Since the Marketplace opened, more than 13 million Americans have gained health care coverage. However, millions are still uninsured. If you are currently uninsured and interested in browsing the Marketplace for health insurance, take a moment to watch the video below. This screencast, intended for first-time non-business registrants, demonstrates how to create a account online in order to begin the health insurance application process.

Recommended media:  Next step — Marketplace Application Walkthrough, CMS/Health and Human Services


Kaiser Family Foundation. (2016). Key facts about the uninsured population. Retrieved from


2 thoughts on “Health Insurance Marketplace: Creating an account online

  1. Hi Sherita! I chose your blog to review because I really enjoyed clicking through it and learned a few things for my own blog. Great work!

    1. One great way that Sherita made a specific connection with the reader was in her video tutorial. She posted it to her wall with an introduction that directly invites the reader to watch, “The best way to know is to see and do. So, take a look at all the varieties of media shown in this short video. Keep up and see if you can sort old from new!” She also makes a connection (invites a connection) with the reader through her contact page, “Do you have questions, comments, or concerns related to new media, new media in public health, or Au Courant Communications? Contact the blog author and administrator, S. M. MOBLEY, by completing the information below and clicking submit.”

    2. Sherita does a great job of providing a well-rounded view of new media; in fact, she begins her definition by explaining what it isn’t. She used the bible to illustrate the fact that old media -which includes the printing press- was once painfully slow. I enjoyed the illustration and found it very relevant and easy to understand. She goes on to explain what new media is, “it is digital media that can be described holistically as an instantaneous sharing of resources, exchange of knowledge, and consumption of entertainment by way of the latest technology and most current social constructs.”
    Her video tutorial is the best feature on her blog. Her tutorial is a great demonstration of how to produce informative content in an interesting and simple manner.
    3. One of the best ways Sherita makes creative use of WordPress is by adding a video to her “What is new media” page. This page was set aside specifically to define new media, so instead of simply telling more about it, she used a visual effect to show it. This was very clever! One of the greatest benefits of new media is that we have such easy access to brilliant visual content through many websites, including YouTube where she found hers. As I said earlier, Sharita introduces the video with a friendly tone, “The best way to know is to see and do. So, take a look at all the varieties of media shown in this short video. Keep up and see if you can sort old from new!”


  2. Hello Sherita! I’ve decided to review your blog!
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