Posted by Anna Strong on September 3rd 2013
On Sunday, while I was working on a Labor Day project at my house, my iPhone buzzed at me. My phone's alarm was reminding me October 1st was just one month away. October 1st is the day that "Open Enrollment" for new health coverage begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it's been on my calendar for about two years now. I can't believe it's already almost here!
You may ask, "What the heck is Open Enrollment?" Open Enrollment is the six-month period from October 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014 when uninsured consumers can shop for and enroll in the new, affordable health coverage options that are being created under the ACA. The options include a couple of new health insurance options:
- A new Marketplace that will allow uninsured Arkansans to shop for and compare private health insurance plans and qualify for subsidies that help make coverage affordable.
- Arkansas's "Private Option" coverage that will allow some uninsured adults who qualify to have their private health insurance plans fully paid for by Medicaid.
Find out more info at the Arkansas Health Conncetor website.
With all of these options, the new health law protects all of us by making sure no one can be denied or charged more for insurance because of pre-existing conditions. And 95% of uninsured Arkansans will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage, meaning cost will no longer be a barrier to getting checkups and treatments that keep us healthy and working hard at school or on the job.
Between now and October 1, we'll be putting out a lot of information about these new insurance options. Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more information. In the meantime, check out this GREAT 5-minute overview video of Arkansas's Marketplace, and start getting ready for new coverage!