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Act Now! Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare

November 14, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

act-now-open-enrollAffordable healthcare is something that all Americans deserve. Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of people and their families were at risk of financial ruin because they were uninsured. Health insurance companies could also deny health insurance coverage due to a preexisting condition like cancer or diabetes. Fortunately, you are now protected with the ACA.

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins November 1 and lasts until January 31, 2017. If you want your coverage to begin on the first of the year, you will have to enroll by December 15. Now is the time to compare healthcare plans so that you can find the best one for you. You and your clients can learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to apply for benefits at www.healthcare.gov.

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act provides Americans with better health security by expanding coverage, lowering healthcare costs, guaranteeing more choice, and enhancing the quality of care for all Americans. As of March 2016, 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage –more than 6 million of them uninsured young adults– because of the Affordable Care Act. We now have the lowest uninsured rate in the country’s history. 

No matter who you are, you are entitled to affordable healthcare. It’s a crucial part of securing today and tomorrow. The Affordable Care Act also ensures that even if you have a preexisting condition you will be covered. 

If you are already covered and want to change your plan, this is the time to do it. Factors might have changed over the last year that would make you want to update your coverage. Even if you’re just curious about the many plans in the open marketplace, you can compare healthcare plans at www.healthcare.gov.

Having coverage for you and your loved ones is a critical part of a healthy and happy life. Make sure you’re covered with the plan that best suits you.

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. marisa h.

    My husband is on disability Had insurance through Cobra where he worked. There dropping insurance and he want have any. He has a blockage in left leg and infection in right leg scar where he had surgery. We have to have insurance for his condition. Waiting on infection to clear so they can work on left leg. Please guide us in right direction for insurance. On fixed income. He will be 64 november the 1st.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Marisa, thank you for using our blog. Your husband is automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and B if he has been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for 24 months. An information packet will arrive in the mail a few months before he becomes eligible. Check out the Medicare brochure for more information.

  2. Armando M.

    Is there a way to check on the status of my medicare enrollment applied on line 3/4/2020.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Armanda, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. You can log in to or create a my Social Security account to check the status of your application online.

      If you are unable to check your status online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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  4. Chris

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  5. mark

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  6. Tim C.

    I turn 65 May 2020, do need to do anything to get ready for Medicare.

    • Luis A.

      Hi Tim. Thanks for your question. If you are already getting Social Security retirement benefits, you will be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B automatically. If you are not receiving Social Security benefits, you may enroll in Medicare about three months before your 65th birthday. You can enroll in Medicare even if you do not plan to retire at age 65. For more information, please read our publication titled “Medicare.” We hope this helps.

  7. Garit E.

    through no fault of my own, the SSA has determined to wrongfully (on there Part) calculating the amt to pay myself for the kids we have for back payments owed during a period of 4 years. Now this hiccup has been found and is falling squarely on my shoulders and my family’s Mouths,,,,as in now they want to take and ARE IN FACT scheduled to take my entire monthly income….
    we will not be able to pay for anything like food,shelter,electric as it is we are minus what we need to pay and what we can afford to pay.

    Please help
    Garit Preble

    • Kenny O.

      Hello Garit E. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  8. Elenita V.

    How do I sign up for medicare

  9. Vanessa C.

    I’m looking for form 1095B to show what I paid into Medicare in 2018.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Vanessa. For more information about the IRS Form 1095-B, visit Medicare’s website here. We hope this helps.

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