There are now 24 days until March 31—the last day to buy health insurance through the marketplace. As of the end of January, 3.3 million people had signed up for coverage, and the Obama Administration has now shared that enrollment has grown to 4 million.
According to new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Latinos—the racial and ethnic group with the highest uninsured rate in the nation—have much to gain from the Affordable Care Act. And yet, anecdotal evidence suggests that this population is not enrolling for health coverage at the level that one would expect for a group with such high numbers of uninsured.
Consumer Assistance Programs Lose Federal Funding Just When A New Group of Consumers Need Their Services
When consumers encounter problems with their health insurance after enrolling (many for the first time), they need access to unbiased experts to answer their questions. Although federally funded consumer assistance programs do just that, their continued funding is in peril.
How big is the problem?
National Youth Enrollment Day to Serve as Opportunity for Young Adults to Buy Health Insurance, Secure Peace of Mind
Meet Nathan: Nathan is a graduate student studying screenwriting, and he works as an in-home care provider for people with autism. He’s 30-years-old, and because of the Affordable Care Act, he has health insurance. Without the Affordable Care Act, that wouldn’t be possible.
A new and widely circulated Health & Human Services report indicates that approximately 2.2 million people bought health insurance through the marketplace through the end of December, 2013 (3 million, as of late January)—the first half of the inaugural open enrollment period. These figures paint an encouraging picture of enrollment—momentum is building. A marked increase in December enrollment figures supports this, as December’s enrollment figures in state-run marketplaces were more than three times greater than the total enrollment for the previous two months.
Health Action 2014 starts in just a few days, and we have an amazing lineup of speakers, workshops, and events.
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.