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Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) enrollment for 2015

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    The media has been full of ads for signing up for Medicare Supplemental Plans for us seniors. But I have yet to see a single government ad advising the "under 65" uninsured that the enrollment period begins in one week: November 15 to February 15th. Nor have I seen any ads by the insurance companies competing for your business like they do for Medicare subscribers.

    Kaiser Family Foundation: Nine in Ten Uninsured Unaware that the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period Starts in November

    "With the second annual open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act set to begin Nov. 15, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds major gaps in the awareness of the nation’s uninsured residents who are a primary target for enrollment and outreach efforts.

    "The survey finds nine in ten (89%) of the uninsured are unaware that open enrollment begins in November — including, 76 percent who say they do not know when open enrollment begins and another 13 percent who name a start date other than November 2014.

    "In addition, two-thirds of the uninsured say they know “only a little” or “nothing at all” about the marketplaces where people who don’t get coverage through their employers can shop for insurance and just over half (53 percent) of the uninsured are unaware of the financial assistance available to help low- and moderate-income individuals purchase insurance."


    I hope this is not a bad omen for enrollment in 2015. So for those that need more information, you can find it here:

    Kaiser family Foundation, November 6, 2014: Explaining the 2015 Open Enrollment Period
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I've received a few e mails on the topic. A couple from the Gov. As far as providers....there are thousands. They are coming out of the woodwork. When I signed up about 9 months ago.....after filing out a page of basic info on the healthcare.gov (or whatever the site was titled) I got a flood of providers contacting me to offer coverage.

    See my other post on how subsidies could be in big trouble which would be a problem for a huge percentage. The link doesn't work so you can copy and paste to read the article.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    TJ Wrote: I've received a few e mails on the topic. A couple from the Gov. As far as providers....there are thousands. They are coming out of the woodwork. When I signed up about 9 months ago.....after filing out a page of basic info on the healthcare.gov (or whatever the site was titled) I got a flood of providers contacting me to offer coverage.

    See my other post on how subsidies could be in big trouble which would be a problem for a huge percentage. The link doesn't work so you can copy and paste to read the article.
    Tony -- For those that have signed up last year, you are in the "system" and will be automatically renewed or given many options for changing. However, for those that remain uninsured, I'm not sure if they will be reached as easily. Maybe after November 15th there will be a big push, but until then the system will not enroll new members.

    And yes I'm aware of how the Supreme Court could gut this law. Their decision will be announced sometime next spring, maybe as late as June, and I'm optimistic that it will uphold the intent of the law. Until then, I just hope the case doesn't send a false message that people don't have to sign up because they believe the court is going to gut the law. I wish the court would make their decision now before the sign-up period rather than giving the Fox News viewers yet another reason to not enroll.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Yes those who did not sign up must go to the gov. web page and sign up. I believe it's healthcare.gov
    Problem with Supreme court involvement is they may try to remove subsidy that allows millions the ability to afford the coverage.
    The article said monthly rate was a little over 300 a month. Subsidies reduced the cost to 84 per month..... That's a huge increase
    that will make many "Young Healthy" (The people we need to buy coverage) to just decide that they can't afford it any longer.