January 9, 2014

Sign up by January 15 and get health coverage on February 1

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. We want you to know about increased access to health insurance.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, since October 1 last year, more than 6 million people have enrolled in new coverage under the health care law. They’ve signed up either for private insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace or for the Medicaid program. There’s still time to enroll and have coverage as soon as February 1. All you have to do is sign up with the Health Insurance Marketplace by January 15. 

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps people who need health coverage to find it. 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. 

There are three ways for you to get covered. You can enroll online at HealthCare.gov, over the phone at 800-318-2596 or with in-person assistance, which can be found through 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. There are 4 steps you can take to be sure you’re ready for your coverage to begin: 

1. Pay your premium to your health insurance plan by the due date. 

2. Carefully review your member card and other materials your plan sends you. 

3. Review your plan’s provider directory so you’ll know where you can go for care. 

4. Contact your plan with any questions or if you don’t get a member card and enrollment materials. 

Remember, if you enroll by January 15, your coverage will begin as soon as February 1. If you need a little more time, the open enrollment period continues until March 31.

 

 

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