Some health insurance marketplaces allow “web brokers” to conduct direct enrollment. This means privately run web broker sites can enroll consumers in marketplace coverage and financial assistance without the consumers ever having to visit an official marketplace website.
Thanks to the new website renovations, HealthCare.gov is back and performing better than ever. In fact, in only the first two days of December, 29,000 people were able to buy coverage through HealthCare.gov.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced $150 million in awards to support 236 new community health center sites across the country. These new centers will provide much needed health care to approximately 1.25 million Americans. This investment was made possible by the Community Health Center Fund, which was established by the Affordable Care Act.
In order to get as many uninsured and underinsured Americans as possible signed up for health insurance through the marketplaces, some especially cognizant congressional lawmakers have taken steps to educate, engage, and enroll their constituents. While the Affordable Care Act funds navigators and other programs to help with enrollment, those groups can’t do it alone. Some members of Congress are playing the important role of making sure people know about the new health insurance options.
As stewards in educating, equipping, and empowering members of their communities, faith leaders have the unique opportunity to educate their congregants about the new health insurance options available through the marketplace. Because they value health, justice, and equity, faith leaders can be critical sources of information about the Affordable Care Act, which could have a far-reaching impact on millions of Americans—many of whom sit in pews on a weekly basis.
Starting on October 1, millions of Americans will be able to sign up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces. In addition to private insurance, consumers can use the marketplaces to apply for Medicaid, which is a public insurance program that offers health care at little or no cost to people with low incomes. Here, we address three common questions about Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act
We are quickly approaching the start of open enrollment, when millions of Americans will finally be able to apply for affordable, quality health coverage that will go into effect on January 1. But many people are still unsure of how and where they can apply for coverage. To help clear up the confusion, I sat down with two of our enrollment experts at Families USA—Rachel Klein, Director of our new National Enrollment Assister Support Center, and Elaine Saly, Health Policy Analyst—to get answers for some of the most common questions about enrollment.
Community Health Centers Will Help Enroll Millions in Health Care Coverage Available under the Affordable Care Act
The week of August 11 is National Health Center Week, and there is reason to celebrate these important organizations. Community health centers provide health services to low-income and medically underserved communities, removing barriers to care that these communities regularly face. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are taking on a new and crucial role: outreach and enrollment efforts to connect people to the new coverage options available under the health care law.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services released three new application forms that consumers will be able to use to sign up for coverage beginning on October 1. These consumer-friendly applications ask for all the information needed to see if an individual or family will qualify for free coverage from Medicaid or CHIP, or if they qualify to buy a plan in the new health insurance marketplace, and if so, whether they will get premium tax credits to help pay for this coverage. These three forms are tailored to meet the needs of different types of applicants:
Families USA and the National Health Law Program worked together to develop a checklist to help advocates ensure that their states implement health insurance exchanges that meet the needs of people with limited proficiency in English.