Help Your Patients Get The Health Coverage They Need
Acquiring affordable health insurance coverage can become a reality for many patients—including those who have been uninsured as a result of pre-existing conditions or limited finances—as early as Jan. 1, 2015.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), patients can secure an affordable health plan through the health insurance marketplace in their state. The second open enrollment period began Nov. 15, 2014, and enrollment for 2015 will remain open through March 15, 2015.
Patients who enrolled in a plan last year through the marketplace should review their options and consider whether a different plan might better serve their needs. If these patients do nothing, they will be automatically reenrolled in their plan but may not benefit from increased subsidies for which they may be eligible.
Help your patients obtain the coverage they need. Use the following resources to answer questions your patients may ask you and direct them to helpful information and guidance for securing coverage through the marketplace.
As a Champion of Coverage, the AMA is committed to providing physicians with the information they need to help their patients enroll. The AMA remains committed to securing needed changes that will improve the law moving forward.
CMS offers a number of resources to provide to your patients about enrolling in a health insurance marketplace plan, understanding their insurance benefits and more.
States are heavily involved in ACA implementation, and in particular, with health insurance exchanges. To help states address some of the key issues raised by these exchanges, the AMA has created six model bills for legislators and medical societies to use in their advocacy on state exchange implementation.
The AMA responds regularly to detailed policy proposals being issued by the federal agencies charged with implementing the ACA. Learn more about the AMA’s ACA-related advocacy.