Starting October 1st, individuals and families may begin to enroll for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in New York state. Not sure where to start? The New York State of Health website can help you find the answers to your questions. Through this site you may find important information such as key dates in the application process, steps to take in order to apply for affordable care, fact sheets, and more. HealthCare.gov is another valuable source that may help you find out if you qualify for lower costs with a few simple questions. Need help applying in Columbia or Greene County? Contact the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium by visiting their website, which is full of useful links, or calling them at 518-822-9600 or 800-980-5530. You may also make appointments with them for help applying to Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid.