ACA open enrollment starts now: #GetCovered!
Health care enrollment for 2018 opened on November 1st. Affordable Care Act plans are affordable and cover 10 essential health benefits and a broad range of preventive health services. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to hit up www.healthcare.gov, spread the word about open enrollment for 2018, and #GetCovered!
Since the first years of the Affordable Care Act (AKA ACA, AKA Obamacare), nearly 20 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage, and the United States has the lowest rate of uninsured citizens in our history. Still, Republicans have done everything they can to target and dismantle President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Fortunately, they have failed left and right, and the law of the land remains intact.
Open enrollment is the period of time each year when you can sign up for health insurance through Obamacare. If you miss this period, you cannot sign up until the following year unless you experience a qualifying life event (like job loss, marriage, or pregnancy!). But if you apply during this time, and you are eligible, the health plan must cover you.
During Obama’s presidency, the federal government worked with community partners, health care providers, and insurance companies to advertise the three-month-long open enrollment period as much as possible. No surprise, 45 hasn’t done the same; 45’s administration has shortened the enrollment period to only six weeks (from November 1st to December 15th), and cut the advertising budget by over 90%, resulting in millions fewer people getting notices this year than in previous years. But we can fight back.
We can fight back by helping ensure that uninsured Americans get the health care coverage they need. If you’re uninsured, visit www.healthcare.gov today, and if you’re a lucky covered person, spread the word of the open enrollment period to everyone you know!
On the Eve of Obamacare Open Enrollment, More Evidence of Trump’s Sabotage - The Los Angeles Times
Federal notices about ACA enrollment season get cut in number and messaging - The Washington Post