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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Open Enrollment is Here: Resources to Get Covered

Maria Walawender

Health Equity Intern

The Affordable Care Act marketplace is open! During Open Enrollment, occurring from November 1 to December 15, 2017, consumers can enroll in health coverage for 2018. No one can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition and all health insurance plans include free preventative services and cover a set of essential health benefits.

Enrollment assistance is available to anyone looking to enroll through the marketplace. Since last year there have been changes to plan options and pricing, so it is important to shop around for a plan that is the right fit. However, no changes have been made to the financial assistance that is available to help people afford coverage and care, and most people who shop on the marketplace qualify for financial help. 

A variety of resources exist to help with marketplace enrollment. Below we list a selection of resources from trusted sources to help those looking to enroll in the marketplace, as well as those who want to promote Open Enrollment and assist consumers in obtaining coverage.

Direct Assistance for Consumers

Resources for People Helping Consumers 

  • Toolkit: This toolkit from Get America Covered contains information about to spread the word about open enrollment in every state. It includes social media tools, email tools, advice about how to get involved with others promoting enrollment in your state, and more. 
  • Shareable Content: This Google Drive folder from Community Catalyst is full of graphics, flyers, and fact sheets that cover a variety of topics including enrollment assistance, enrollment considerations for immigrants, and Medicaid. There are also materials in Spanish. 
  • State-specific Resources: This resource center from Indivisible includes downloadable resources for each state, places to search for local resources and events with your ZIP code, and tools for getting involved in efforts to enroll people.
  • Social Media Toolkit: Out2Enroll’s social media toolkit features key messages, sample posts, and shareable graphics catered to the LGBTQ community.  The toolkit also contains a calendar that recommends language and graphics to post each week of Open Enrollment.  
  • Resources for Navigators and Assisters: Organizations that help people enroll in coverage directly can connect with a new, professional resource, the National Association of Health Access Assisters (NAHAA). NAHAA’s mission is to elevate, advance, and advocate for the health access assister profession in order to promote and support the work of our members who help individuals, children and families gain, use and retain high quality health coverage. Contact NAHAA at info@nahaa.org.

Looking for more? Visit our updated Google Document to view resources from these and other partners.  

Know of a resource we are missing? Send it to cmcandrew@familiesusa.org.  

Spread the word! Open enrollment is happening now!