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There’s only 10 days left of Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act

2018 Open Enrollment Deadline on computer screen

Above: Computer screen showing December 15 is deadline 
for Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

There’s only 10 days left of Open Enrollment
for the Affordable Care Act! Sign up while you can!

Open Enrollment is the time every year when people can apply for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at www.healthcare.gov. This year’s Open Enrollment period is shorter than last year’s – it ends on December 15th. Spending cuts have also affected having enough information out in the community.

Health insurance plans are available for many types of people, including people with disabilities, mental health conditions, chronic illnesses, and pre-existing conditions. If you have a major life change, like having a baby, you may qualify for an ACA plan as well.

Most people qualify for financial help. When you apply for insurance, the form will ask you to enter your income and the number of people in your household. It will estimate your savings based on the information you provide. Eight out of ten people can find a plan for under $75 per month.

ACA plans cover many services, including:

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Emergency room visits
  • Treatment in the hospital
  • Care before and after a baby is born
  • Mental health services and substance use disorder services
  • Your prescription drugs
  • Ongoing care for injuries, disabilities and chronic conditions
  • Lab tests
  • Preventative services
  • Pediatric services

Sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act by going to healthcare.gov before December 15th. The website will be closed every Sunday for maintenance, so make sure to apply on weekdays or Saturdays.

If you need help understanding what plan is best for you, free help is available in over 200 languages at 1-800-318-2596. To find free help locally, click here and enter your zipcode.

These are the facts, and please share those facts with others, so that everyone who needs insurance understands how to get it. If you need health insurance, now is the time to sign up. If you know someone who needs health insurance, help them apply. Finally, please spread the word, so that everyone who needs to can #getcovered.

This announcement was provided by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

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