Act Now! Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare

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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45 thoughts on “Act Now! Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare

    • higher premiums for better health care and preventive services and maybe additional drug coverage.Since Marjuana{cannbis} have become legal _What are the options for Medicaid /Medicare recipents {1} receiving the card{2} do ACA support payment or is the payment cash to the provider. Please call to University of Calfornia relating to history of the plant and cannabis.com for the medical related information. The incentive to join could also be a matter of what help care program the individual choose and qualifying services offered by the provider or assignor

  1. How do I find out if my exisiting insurance is through obamacare or the ACA and, because it deals with Medicaid and Medicare which may be repealed, is this insurance (Commonwealth Care Alliance One Care) to be done away with?

    • If you will receive tax form 1095-A by the end of January, you have had insurance through ACA(Obamacare), if you’ll get 1095-B or 1095-C you have had insurance through private, government (Medicaid/Medicare/ or VA) or employer companies.

    • Obamacare and the ACA are different terms for the same thing. Medicare and Medicaid are not being repealed and are separate entities. Check with Alliance to see if they offer coverage for next year.

      • For as I know/Medicare and Medicaid will not delete. Medicaid is coverage under the OBAMA ACA that assist the individuals with services based on need following low co-pay.That’s the advantage of the OBAMA..when you be approved my the app’s from the agency department ..the individual services take effect after the day of statue of limitation date.It was good plan for needy people.Medicare will remain entact because of what reason____What are we as individuals?

    • Please contact your health plan representative directly. For more information on how other health insurance plans work with Medicare, call the Medicare toll-free number, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

      • ray,

        my niece is 28, had a heart attack in march; was pg with last child so they couldn’t do much for treatments.

        husband, 34, was diagnosed with JAW CANCER lymphoma in early july where it’s eaten most of his jaw bone; NOPE, not a smoker or chewer!!

        baby born late in july. 3 kids, ages 7, 16 months, and baby now 4 months.

        they had their health insurance agent & me there for 2-3 hrs. this week.

        agent typed in their health situations, ALL the various drs. each of them sees for a policy for 2 of them.

        kids are covered by HAWK-I program.

        agent brought up 4-6 programs.

        either they had dr. coverage & NO MED COVERAGE…100% out of pocket expenses or VICE VERSA.

        deductibles were 2-3 times higher; ACA went up 300% for them from what they were paying.

        due to their health conditions, she had to quit work due to heart attack and pregnancy.

        child care costs MORE than what she can make working.

        husband was “leg go” from his job 2 wks. prior to cancer diagnosis since he was taking time off going to drs. appts. trying to find out why his face was so swollen.

        down to 1 job night delivering newspapers.

        got signed up for MEDICAID just recently!!

        what are THEY to do plus feed a family of 5 on very low income he makes now??

        NEED HELP IN IOWA!!

        • We are sorry to hear about the difficulties and medical problems your niece and husband are experiencing. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits when they become disabled. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. A person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the SSDI program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. In 2016, the SGA limit is $1,130 per month (or $1,820 for blind applicants). In addition to the amount of money you make, Social Security may also look at the number of hours you’re able to work. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. We hope this information helps.

          • hi Ray…. I have been disabled since 2008, but was unable to work from 2012 until now. My disabilites have lasted almost 5-years, and will die from my severe disabilities in the next few years. I worked for more than 35 years of my life and paid into FICA and Medicare. My question to you is….why are there so many people in this country unable to receive their benefits when they become disabled….also, why are employees allow to tell a clients that they are going to make sure they do not receive their benefits. And, why is that money (plus interest) not returned to those individuals that doesn’t ever receive their benefits?

    • Hi I’m on Commonwealth Care Alliance One Care also. Obamacare and the ACA are they same thing, Obamacare is just the nickname for it. Don’t worry about this plan. Medicare and Medicaid were around before the affordable care act (Obamacare/ACA). If Obamacare is repealled it would effect the people who aren’t disabled who are able to be on Medicaid just from low income. Medicare they can’t take away unless you stop being disabled and lose SSDI. Medicaid you won’t lose unless you suddenly start making a lot more money. Don’t worry about it. As long as your circumstances stay the same you wlll still be able to keep this plan.

      • Thanks Daniel for the information. It become confuse for people who don’t understand all rules and guidelines for health insurances.

      • No, Trump said he plans to do away with Medicare and Medicaid too. His plan is to end them as federal programs and instead give “vouchers” to current Medicare recipients to purchase health insurance on the open market. Yeah, like that’s going to work for seniors and the disabled on our fixed incomes that continue to shrink every year. Oh but don’t worry- he’s going to privatize Social Security too, after he cuts it off for all those people collecting disability who are just “faking it” because we’re “too lazy” to work.

  2. Affordable Healthcare? Where?!!! Affordable to whom?
    Under the ACA my deductible has DOUBLED, my premium has TRIPLED.
    There is no incentive to join, other than avoiding an unfair tax penalty for opting out of something my family cannot afford (and doesn’t want or use). Where is the sense in that? I am surprised that someone hasn’t gone to Prison for this HealthCare ‘reform’ SCAM.

  3. “Affordable healthcare is something that all Americans deserve.” Deserve??? With that thinking then all Americans “deserve” food, housing, transportation, cell phones and cloths. People, the government is not the solution to our problem . . . the government is part of the problem. Cheers

    • The ACA improved some things (it eliminated preexisting conditions exclusions) but complicated others. It was a political compromise: in order to get it past Republican objections, the Democrats had to include the “mandate,” which was a giveaway to insurance companies.

      If we had elected Bernie Sanders and a Democratic House and Senate, then we could have fixed the whole mess with Single Payer Universal Healthcare. But ‘the people’ (or more precisely, the Electoral College) have ‘spoken.’ Good luck if you’re poor or sick or elderly.

    • So your position is that human beings do deserve food, shelter, and safety? Exactly WHAT doyou think is the purpose of government anyway??? It was so that society collectively as a group could provide the basic necessities for EVERYONE, like oh, gee.say, the sewer system, power, heat, protection, safety . . . or do you think the 7 billion people on this planet should all do exactly what they want, take whatever they want; kill, steal, fend for themselves? Oh yeah, we’re so “supetior” to the animals. THEY take care of their members, from ants to wolves to dolphins. WE are the only ones who hate and kill and envy each other. Disgusting.

    • So your position is that human beings don’t deserve food, shelter, and safety? Exactly WHAT doyou think is the purpose of government anyway??? It was so that society collectively as a group could provide the basic necessities for EVERYONE, like oh, gee.say, the sewer system, power, heat, protection, safety . . . or do you think the 7 billion people on this planet should all do exactly what they want, take whatever they want; kill, steal, fend for themselves? Oh yeah, we’re so “supetior” to the animals. THEY take care of their members, from ants to wolves to dolphins. WE are the only ones who hate and kill and envy each other. Disgusting.

  4. As stated, before the ACA millions of Americans faced ruin because they could not get health care. Now they have health care and tens of millions of people face ruin because they can’t afford the premiums and even at that the policies are not much better than Catastrophic Coverage plans. The co pays and the deductibles make them almost useless.

  5. Whether there is Health Care Reform or not, I have not seen a year where health insurance did not go up in costs no matter which program was in place. However, ACA was one attempt of a check and balance in which it does not allow the insurance co. to have total free rein and control of who is covered and what they will deny . Something needs to be in place that guarantee fair practices and that people do not get denied coverage because of ‘pre-existing conditions’ and other provisions that was under this act. People need to be informed of all of the ramifications if this act is overturned.

    • Much of what you say is true. The coverage of preexisting conditions was a small part of the ACA. Some food for thought. If I know that within a year I will die I should be allowed to load up on life insurance, after all that’s my right! No?? Hmm, “going to die”, why that’s a preexisting condition, so insure the heII out of me and force everyone else to pay for my misfortune.

    • Right, good luck with that.All the information anyone could want or need about the ACA or “Obamacare” is and has been available ar pur fingertips since before the Act was even passed. Nearly everyone has online access, so they could easily have learned the truth about every facet of the law in easy to understand websites our government provided us. But they didn’t bother; they chose instead to listen to the ridiculous and false claims the Republicans who opposed the bill made. Even as the stories got more and more wild and outlandish, people never questioned them. I mean come on, “death panels” – REALLY??? Is anyone seriously that stupid that they’d believe thegovernment would pass a law that openly mandated KILLING people???? In writing? A lot of people, and in fact these idiots STILL believe this and all the other ludicrous, fantastic myths these nasty, immature Congress persons created to scare gullible people into having a negative impression of “Obamacare.”

      This is the same tactic they’ve used for years to divide us; from the lies Reagan started about “welfare queens” driving a Cadillac to pick up a welfare check (FALSE) to the phony “statistics” and blatant lies about everything Donald Trump so brazenly spewed off the top of his head during the election. There is not one thing, not one single claim Trump made that was based in fact, and every single false statement he made is easily verified as false. yet anyone who demonstrated this, even by publishing the actual true facts from the original, official source was shouted down, insulted, called a “libtard,” and ignored. As a result, the fate of every man, woman, and child on this planet is now in the hands of a sociopathic snake-oil salesman; an insecure, spoiled rich brat with delusions of grandeur, a con artist who is, quite simply, not in touch with reality.

      “Inform” the public? You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink, you can give the people every single scrap of information they need to make an informed decision about any subject but you can’t, unfortunately, make them actually look at that information. The collective laziness of half the people in this country has doomed everyone else. The sad thing is, those with the knowledge know exactly what’s in store for us all. And that’s terrifying.

  6. I received my bill for the monthly payment for 2017 and it’s for $139, so I’ll be paying $8.00 less than in 2016. This is for my wife and two sons, and they never use the insurance in the last two years, but I still have them covered just in case. You can find a good deal, if you do some research.

  7. I would like to interject and ask, how many Americans are paying for Life Insurance knowing full well that death is a certainty? Yet, those that do pay, are not complaining of the high cost to insure over the years to only get what you opted for in the end. I don’t hear complaints about the high cost of death insurance. On the other hand, the Affordable Care Act protects those Americans who cannot afford to pay premiums for their health and it works. They are satisfied. However, those Americans who can well afford their health insurance should stay out of the fray! Remember, it was not an Executive Order. All laws are an act of Congress and approved or not approved by the President. Those Americans who disagree should not send congressional representatives to Washington if they are not sure of their representation. BTW, it’s President Obama and those who think differently should stop the underlying insults! It’s un-American!

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  8. Life insurance is important especially, if you leave behind a spouse since most spouse are stay home mothers. You need to be insured for at least $500,000 because life can be expensive in the future for your spouse and possible children.

  9. I now hv medicare A nd B. Currently receiving $286 only. Then starting dec mi us $123 for d B.
    Can u help me for paying that pls nd drug plan?

    Thank u.

  10. I just turned 65. My husband is 66 and works with full health benefits. He is not collecting social security health benefits. Since I am still covered under his health plan do I have to collect social security health benefits or can I continue under his private insurance?

    • Thank you for your question, Dana. A beneficiary may refuse Medicare Part B, during his or her Initial Enrollment Period, if that beneficiary or the spouse, actively works and has coverage under a group health plan based on that employment, then he or she doesn’t need Medicare part B until the work activity ends or that health care coverage is dropped. However, we always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future.
      Our policy requires a personal interview be conducted with everyone who wants to terminate their Medicare Part B benefits. Representatives at your local Social Security office will help you submit the required form or your signed request for termination.
      For specific questions or to make an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213, M-F between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and ask an agent to assist you.
      To learn more about the Medicare enrollment periods visit http://www.Medicare.gov. Hope this helps!

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. You can write to us or send us an email message, we will direct your inquiry to the proper component within our agency.
      We encourage you to continue to work with your local office on specific issues about your case. If you’re unable to visit your local office, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance, you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Telephone representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  11. Affordable to who?was diagnosed in December with lukemia and was sent to FL Hospital Orlando. Insurance paid 90,000. I was billed 432,000 Hospital alone. Still getting lab and Dr bills. Get 930.00 net a month from SS. and wife makes 15.00 an hour.Payfor insurance, house, car, gas, credit cards property taxes,medicines,,and food.,have about 10 dollars left. Haven’t touched a single med bill! Not that they don’t” deserve to be paid, juyhyyst can’t and inrance doesn’t.

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    • Hello Terri. Please visit Medicare.gov for complete information on this topic and to find plans that are available in your area. Or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Thanks!

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