The new health marketplace has gone live and can be found at Healthcare.gov! This marketplace will allow you the freedom to purchase health coverage and never again be discriminated because of pre-existing conditions or your gender. You have the opportunity to qualify for credits that will reduce the cost of insurance and you'll have the all the information in front of you with no fine print or loopholes! This open enrollment starts on October 1st but it ends for most Americans on March 31st! Be sure to get covered!
How to Enroll Your Community Before March 31st!
1 - Decide if you need healthcare - If you're on Medicare or your employer offers health insurance to you or your spouse, chances are you won't need to shop around. Because if you like what coverage you have, you can keep it. But if you don't, you can go to the marketplace and see what options are available. If you do want coverage, use one of the options below!
2 - Check out Healthcare.Gov - get familiar with it so you can encourage others to go here to get coverage for them, their families and their business
3 - Learn about the law itself - presentation and video series. You can even send us or post your questions and we will answer them! Attend a local event on the Affordable Care Act, or click to host your own! Citizen Action is traveling the state to explain the law in person and we can work with you to schedule local events
4 - Help prepare your community - institutions in your community will be helping to enroll individuals and businesses in health reform. But it can't hurt to see how prepared they are or if they need help. Consider reaching out to your county human services department (many of whom are hiring enrollment staff and may appreciate support), your local library (who will help connect visitors to the new marketplace website), local elected officials (who can help promote the benefits and be local spokespeople for the law), local nonprofits/churches/community groups (to see if they have an interest in helping promote enrollment/host an event/etc), local hospitals, clinics & community health centers (many will help enroll those who come in the door, but some don't yet know how to help), local insurance agents/brokers (who will help enroll people but don't necessary know how the new marketplace works or how to help clients). Let us know what you hear and how we can help. Either comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
5 - Make your support for the Affordable Care Act clear - Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, call or email your Congressperson, call or email you state legislators, Tell us your story of how the ACA has impacted you.
6 - Contact us & stay connected - See our frequently updated Blog (moved to the new site), Tweet us @Walkercare, our Got Healthcare? Facebook, our separate Citizen Action of Wisconsin page and our Citizen Action Facebook page. Sign our petition calling on the Walker administration to release the new marketplace rates. Spread the word of our efforts and the Affordable Care Act so everyone can learn and prepare to sign up.
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Questions? Comments? Ideas? Send an email to Citizen Action's Healthcare Organizer: Kevin Kane