New Links and Breaking News!
As libraries everywhere prepare for the next open enrollment period (Nov. 1, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016), it's more important than ever to stay up to date. Check here for the latest news and important announcements related to the ACA.
From Coverage to Care - an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them: http://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/c2c.html
Affordable Care Act Information
We are taking steps to meet the consumer demand for affordable health insurance. There are four basic ways to apply for health coverage through the Marketplace:
- Apply online. Visit HealthCare.gov to get started. For more information on how to apply for coverage, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/how-do-i-apply-for-marketplace-coverage/
- Apply by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 to apply for a health insurance plan and enroll over the phone. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
- Apply in person. Visit a trained counselor in your community to get information and apply in person. Find help in your area at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
- Apply by mail. Complete a paper application and mail it in. You can download the paper application form and instructions from HealthCare.gov: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.
Facilitating the process for consumers
Below are several strategies that you can share with consumers who have questions about the enrollment process when the online enrollment tool is unavailable. Some of these strategies include:
- Call the 24/7 Call Center at -800-318-2596 – representatives are available to assist a consumer with the entire enrollment process from beginning to end.
- Provide the paper application.
- Provide the consumer with information about insurance plan options without using the online enrollment tool – use the subsidy calculator and plan options tool to find out what might be available for the consumer.
- Remind people that the enrollment period is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
- Keep a cheat sheet of the most commonly asked questions on hand to address basic questions and provide quick answers.
- Have url and telephone numbers on hand to help prevent consumers from visiting questionable websites.
- Keep copies of materials on hand (handouts, applications, other preprinted materials). There are great resources at marketplace.cms.gov
Updated Marketplace Resources:
Marketplace materialsproducts are being updated on a rolling basis http://marketplace.cms.gov
Latest ALA details on libraries and the Affordable Care Act:
Getting Up to Speed
- Received funding from IMLS to develop training
- Webinars and archived recordings available:
- Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/looking-ahead-2015-open-enrollment.html
eHealth Blog – Libraries and the ACA http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth.html
Readings of Interest
State Medicaid Expansion
As part of the Affordable Care Act, individual states were given the choice to expand Medicaid services. Learn more about Medicaid expansion and find information about specific states at the page below from Healthcare.gov.