The success of our health care system hinges on enrolling all eligible Americans.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, America made a promise to its citizens: Enroll in health coverage, and you will receive insurance that is affordable, comprehensive, and high-quality. On January 1, 2014, that promise became a reality as Americans received health coverage—many for the first time in their lives.
Enrollment should be accessible, simple, and efficient for each and every person who signs up for health care.
A positive and successful enrollment experience is a critical part of an effective health care system. Because each person’s health care needs are unique, all of us need an enrollment process that is accessible and efficient—with people to help us if we need it.
Families USA knows that a successful enrollment system is only as good as the people who drive it.
Successful enrollment consists of three things: Clear, consistent policy with eligibility rules that make sense; a streamlined application process; and competent, unbiased help for consumers when and where they need it.
Families USA’s enrollment team works with states and the federal government to advocate for enrollment systems based on a consumer-centered approach, sound policies, and proven best practices taken directly from the field.
We help programs reach and engage with their communities to ensure that everyone who is eligible for coverage enrolls to get the care they need.
And we work with local programs to train the in-person consumer helpers (called “navigators” and “assisters”) who assist consumers as they apply for health coverage.
- InfographicNovember 2016
The election is over, but open enrollment isn’t.
Sign up through January 31, 2017 to get health coverage through your health insurance marketplace.
- Fact SheetOctober 2016
Explains important health insurance terms so you can make smarter choices when shopping for insurance for you and your family. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
- Fact SheetOctober 2016
Learn the steps you should take before you go to your state’s health insurance marketplace to shop for and compare plans and choose the best plan for you and your family. Includes directions in English and Spanish.
- Short AnalysisJuly 2016
Exchange directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and insurers have an enormous opportunity to help consumers choose the plan that is right for them and make the enrollment process more efficient by improving the display of plan information on marketplace websites.
- InfographicJuly 2016
When people enter the criminal justice system, states can suspend their Medicaid coverage. This is smart policy that makes it easier for people leaving incarceration to obtain quick access to health care.
- Fact SheetJune 2016
Outside of open enrollment, consumers still have the opportunity to enroll in qualified health plans when they experience certain life changes, such as marriage or a permanent move to an area with new coverage options. These opportunities to enroll outside of open enrollment are called special enrollment periods, or SEPs.
- Short AnalysisJune 2016
Recently the Obama administration released new standards governing Medicaid managed care plans. These managed care rules haven’t been updated since 2002, and a lot has changed in the past 14 years. There are currently over 72 million people enrolled in Medicaid, and three-quarters are enrolled in managed care.
- InfographicJune 2016
Father’s Day is a good time to let new fathers know they may qualify to buy health insurance for their family on the marketplace. Use our graphics to spread the word on social media!
- Short AnalysisMay 2016
The first in a series of short analyses explaining certain provisions of the sweeping new standards issued by the Obama administration to guide the operation of state Medicaid managed care plans. Here, we look at changes affecting the enrollment process.
- InfographicFebruary 2016
Everyone who files taxes must indicate whether or not they have health insurance. This infographic explains the steps most tax filers must take to accurately report their health insurance information.