Today is a historic day! People can now enroll in health care coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges! Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014 but you must sign up by December 15th.
No doubt you’ve been starting to hear about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA will expand coverage to millions of uninsured people through health insurance marketplaces that will be open for business on October 1st. But you probably still have questions.
Like what is the Marketplace, and can you and your patients really get health insurance? Your patients will have questions too. And we’ve got answers for you and your patients.
What is the Marketplace and where do I find it?
Starting this fall, Health Insurance Marketplaces will help eligible patients buy new health insurance plans that fit their needs and their budgets. The Marketplace is kind of a one-stop shop for consumers to research, compare, and buy different plans. The marketplaces are not private insurance companies or government-run health plans. The Marketplace will be open from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. If you sign up by December 15, 2013 you will have coverage starting January 1, 2014.
Marketplaces are state-by-state, so find yours here