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Affordable Care Act – There’s a Whole New Way to get health insurance

October 1, 2013 through March 2014- Open enrollment begins for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).   Enroll by December 14, 2013 for coverage to begin January 1, 2014.  For more information and to enroll please visit healthcare.gov

Under the Affordable Care Act

  • Everyone will be able to purchase private insurance without barriers.  Insurance markets can no longer exclude individuals with prior illness (pre-existing conditions) or those who fall into various groups rated by age, gender or previous utilization of the health-care system.
  • Children are allowed to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26 (formerly age 18).
  • Will expand Medicaid, so that those who fall below the poverty line can receive health-care insurance.

Get Covered America is a nonpartisan, grassroots effort to get the facts to consumers about their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. To read more information on the ACA and learn about resources to help visit GetCovered America.org

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) issued a series of articles to inform counselors and other mental health stakeholders about the implications of the health reform law on their practices – and the behavioral health care community as a whole.

“Apple Pie, Baseball… and Mass Shootings” HEALTHCARE REFORM: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COLUMN

“How Will It Affect Your Practice?” HEALTHCARE REFORM

“The ‘Three-Legged Stool’ of Health Insurance Reform Under the ACA” GETTING TO EFFECTIVE INSURANCE

“20 Steps You Can Take to Be Ready for Reform”

 

Additional Resources:

To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act will affect you and your family, check out The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation for information and a short video.  Click HERE for more information.

“Unbiased Facts on ObamaCare, Health Care Reform, the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.” www.obamacarefacts.com

Also check out “5 Things You Might Not Know About Shopping for Your New Affordable Care Act” by Tim Chen – Huffington Post – Click HERE!