Hospitals Can Assist with Marketplace Open Enrollment through Dec. 15 Deadline
Posted on November 03, 2017
Open enrollment for 2018 healthcare coverage through the individual marketplace started Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, and Michigan hospitals are helping those who need assistance with the insurance enrollment process.
The MHA and partner organizations are urging anyone who is not covered or is underinsured to visit Healthcare.gov to enroll soon, as the enrollment period is shorter than in previous years. People who are currently enrolled in individual marketplace plans are also encouraged to login to Healthcare.gov and review the available plans, as benefit levels and pricing may have changed.
For those who need assistance with the enrollment process, Enroll Michigan has a comprehensive list of local help available at no cost. Included in that list are certified application counselors at most Michigan hospitals who can help people enroll through the marketplace or the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion program.
In the latest episode of the MiCare Champion podcast series, Dizzy Warren, executive director of Enroll Michigan, and Ruthanne Sudderth, vice president of public affairs at the MHA, talk about the open enrollment period and the impacts the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, has had in Michigan. It is available via SoundCloud, iTunes and many other podcast apps.
The federally facilitated individual marketplace for health insurance was established under the ACA\. More than 320,000 Michiganders access health insurance benefits through the marketplace.
Lawmakers in Washington, DC, continue to debate the future of the ACA. Nearly 1 million Michiganders have coverage and access through the individual marketplace and the Healthy Michigan Plan. The MHA does not support dismantling these programs and is working closely with the American Hospital Association and others to protect healthcare access for everyone in the state.
Additional information is available on MiCareMatters.org. MHA members with questions should contact Sudderth at the MHA.
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