Open enrollment is just around the corner. Beginning October 1, many of those who are uninsured and don’t have access to health care coverage through their employer can purchase coverage in the new health insurance marketplace. And, in fact, a new study suggests almost half of those eligible for coverage in the new marketplace will pay less than $100 per month, per person, after taking tax credits into account.
You can start preparing to enroll now by:
- Gathering important personal information, like social security numbers.
- Gathering current information on your income, and the incomes of those in your household (last year’s tax return will help, but isn’t mandatory; pay stubs will also help).
- If you’re an immigrant with legal residency, gather your immigration documents.
- If you already have insurance, gather those relevant documents as well.
If you have questions about how open enrollment or the marketplace work, or you need help getting signed up, there are places you can go:
- healthcare.gov is a great new website for the new marketplace. There is a live chat option that you can use now to get answers to questions, and lots of other information.
- For a Spanish language option, visit cuidadodesalud.gov
- To call and speak to someone in person, dial 1-800-318-2596.
- If you want to talk to a Navigator (someone who is trained to help consumers get educated and enrolled), visit www.canhelp.org/navigator to find your local office, or call Community Action of Nebraska at 402-471-3714.
- If you are in the Lincoln or Omaha area, you may also be able to find additional information at your local library.
If you work with an organization and you would like more information on how you can help your clients enroll, visit enroll-ne.org.
The Affordable Care Act brings about big changes, and will allow more people to access and afford coverage. Check out your options today!