It’s time to look at your health care needs and options.
If you don’t have health insurance or are looking for more affordable health insurance and haven't looked at the Health Insurance Marketplace―open enrollment is the time to look. During “open enrollment” you can buy private health insurance through the marketplace in each state. Depending on your income you can get financial help to pay for health insurance. If you have affordable employer-provided health insurance or are already covered by Medicaid or Medicare you cannot receive financial help paying for private health insurance coverage.
Do You Already Have Health Insurance through the Marketplace?
If you do, you must re-enroll every year or you will be automatically re-enrolled. It is also important to report any changes to your income to the marketplace.
Check Your Coverage
If You Live with a Mental Illness, Pay Attention to Possible Changes
Where You Can Get Help
Health insurance can be complicated. If you or your family member needs help understanding your options, Healthcare.gov can help. It breaks down health insurance terminology and will tell you where you can get help in your local community. Each state has health insurance “navigators” to assist individuals with enrollment in health insurance. You can also call the 24-hour Healthcare.gov phone line for help at 1-800-318-2596.
The Kaiser Family Foundation also put together some great resources including a video explaining health insurance and a calculator you can use to figure out about how much health insurance will cost for you if you buy it through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Important Dates to Remember
Nov. 15, 2014
Open enrollment begins
Dec. 15, 2014
Enroll before this date to have coverage Jan. 1, 2015
Feb. 15, 2015
Open enrollment ends
More information on specific topics for each state can be found at the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative.
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