We want you to know about increased access to health insurance.

We believe that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Learn more about changes and opportunities to enroll in health insurance. 

The Health Insurance Marketplace is a destination where people can learn about health insurance options in easy to understand language. Through the Marketplace, you can compare health insurance options based on price, benefits, quality and other factors. Applicants will have a clear picture of premiums and cost-sharing amounts to help choose insurance that best fits their needs. When you fill out the Marketplace application, you’ll find out if you qualify for a private health insurance plan and whether you qualify for lower costs based on your household size and income. Some people may qualify for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs in their state. Even if you don’t qualify for lower costs, you can still use the Marketplace to buy insurance. 

The HEalth Insurance Marketplace: What does it mean to you?

1. Better health insurance choices

The Health Insurance Marketplace is a way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. With one application, you can see all your options and enroll. Every health insurance plan in the new marketplace offers essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions and more. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, quality and other features important to you before you make a choice.

2. Insurance plans run by private companies

Insurance plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace are offered by private companies, and they cover the same core set of essential health benefits. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to compare your health insurance options in the Marketplace and find a health plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. There are also new protections for you and your family. Health insurance companies can’t deny you coverage or charge you more due to pre-existing health conditions, and they can’t charge women and men different premiums.

3. Opportunity to learn more and get covered

There are three ways for you to learn more and get covered. You can enroll online (HealthCare.gov), over the phone (800.318.2596) or with in-person assistance (localhelp.healthcare.gov). You’ll have the opportunity to compare private plans side-by-side and choose the one that fits your family and budget. 

the health insurance marketplace: learn more

  

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Blog Posts From

Reflection for the second week of Advent

On behalf of the Catholic Health Association, we are pleased to share the following reflection for the second week of Advent.[More]

tags: Prayers, Sisters of Charity Health System, Catholic Health Association

WPDE-TV: Dads earn the title of 'father' at community program graduation

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families celebrates the hard work of men who want to improve their relationships with their families and strengthen their lives, which was evident last week at a graduation ceremony held by A Father’s Place, which is a program of the center. WPDE-TV covered the ceremony.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, outreach

Angel figurines continue to draw attention to Light of Hearts Villa

Light of Hearts Villa is receiving worldwide attention for its extensive angel figurine display, which is on exhibit daily during December and January. The latest publication to write about the display is Crux, which covers “all things Catholic” around the world.[More]

tags: Light of Hearts Villa, health care

Early Childhood Resource Center showcases education in action

The Early Childhood Resource Center’s collaboration with Ohio Means Jobs is helping young people start their careers in early childhood. The center profiles a woman named Poetry who is doing just that in the latest issue of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, outreach

Mercy Medical Center nurse elected to leadership role for forensic nursing association

The Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses has voted Mercy Medical Center employee, Sarah Schemmel, RN, as president-elect of the organization. Schemmel serves as the hospital’s HAVEN program (Healing After Violent Encounters Network) clinical manager. She helped launch Mercy’s HAVEN program in April 2016.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care