• MA Open Enrollment for health insurance: happening NOW

    by  • December 1, 2016 • Calls to Action, News, Positions

    Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment Period for health insurance in MA is OPEN!

    Enroll now for proper health care coverage!

    There has been much talk and speculation around the fate of the Affordable Care Act with the new, incoming Trump administration. While we don’t yet know the specific policy changes Trump and the Republican Congress will enact, we do know that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and open enrollment is happening now.

    The open enrollment period is the time frame when people can enroll in a health plan for the next year. Folks can re-enroll in the plans they currently have or they can “shop” and enroll in a different plan. This year, open enrollment runs from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

    If you need health insurance and want to see if you are eligible for help with your health coverage costs, or if  you already get your health coverage through the Health Connector and want to re-enroll, go to www.mahealthconnector.org to apply, consider your plan options, and enroll. You can also find help from certified enrollment “assisters” (https://my.mahealthconnector.org/enrollment-assisters) for help with applying, choosing a plan and enrolling in that plan.

    We urge everyone to enroll now and not wait!

    Remember, Massachusetts was the first state to pioneer much-needed health care reform. Governor Baker and other state policy makers have said that they remain committed to providing coverage to Massachusetts residents, regardless of what comes on a federal level.

    We also have a strong health care advocate community to help safeguard the progress we have made as a state on health care coverage.

    MALC will work with Health Care For All and other advocates to keep the artist community informed on these important issues, and let you know how to get involved. You can start here:
    http://hcfama.org/blog/they-say-cut-back-we-all-say-fight-back

    In the meantime, get covered now!

    Onward!

    Kathleen Bitetti
    Artist & Co-Founder of MALC

    Suzanne Curry
    Senior Health Policy Manager, Health Care For All

    Additional Key Resources:

    Blog post on some of the changes for this open enrollment period:
    https://www.hcfama.org/blog/open-enrollment-season-upon-us

    Healthcare for All Helpline and info page (has glossary of terms and ways to find local enrollment assisters):
    http://www.hcfama.org/helpline

    Educate yourself on high deductible plans before you enroll:
    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/what_are_the_impacts_of_the_ri.html

     

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    The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table.