The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in the news quite a bit the past year, so here are some of the main points to remember for those who will need to sign up or renew health coverage for the 2018 enrollment period.
The Affordable Care Act is still the law.
All of the law’s protections still exist. Just like in previous years, people can compare and purchase health plans through the Marketplace, and there is financial assistance available for most. Every county in the country has at least one coverage provider. 85% of Marketplace consumers qualify for tax credits to make premiums lower.
Open Enrollment for 2018 is shortened this year: November 1 – December 15.
We recommend that people renewing their Marketplace coverage make sure they have their correct username and password (reset if needed) before Open Enrollment to ensure they can sign up smoothly.
The Trump administration has cut funds for advertising, outreach, and in-person assistance during Open Enrollment.
This will make it harder for people to know it is Open Enrollment. Consumer Health Coalition has become a trusted resource with expert Certified Navigators who provide thousands of consumers with free in-person and phone enrollment assistance. We need your help to make up for these funding cuts. Please considering supporting our outreach and assistance for Open Enrollment by making a donation.
Health insurance means better access.
It improves access to emergency, routine, and preventative health services, as well as provides protection from costly medical expenses. We fight for the ACA because it is our mission to work for better health access for everyone, and there is more work to do. Donate to support our fight for health care.
All consumers can call Consumer Health Coalition’s Help Line at 412-456-1877 with questions or to schedule an appointment for assistance.
About the Author
Kayla Berkey is the Communications & Digital Media Specialist and a Health Care Navigator at Consumer Health Coalition.