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The Affordable Care Act and Your Community

Open enrollment is closed until November 1, 2016. However, there are still a couple ways you can get covered:

  1. If you encounter certain life changes – like getting married, having a child, or losing coverage – you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If you meet one or more of these criteria, you can enroll in a Marketplace plan outside of the open enrollment period. Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods and see if you qualify.
  2. You may be able to enroll in coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There’s no limited enrollment period for these programs, which provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans. You can apply any time. If you qualify you can enroll immediately, any time of year. Learn how to apply for Medicaid and CHIP.

Small businesses can apply for SHOP coverage for their employees any time, all year.

Members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of year. There’s no limited enrollment period for members of these groups, and they can change plans as often as once a month.

If none of these options works for you, you can enroll in 2017 health coverage during the next Open Enrollment period. The Open Enrollment period for 2017 is November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 with coverage starting as early as January 1, 2017.

Call 1-800-318-2596 if you have questions. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

Connect with local enrollment assisters at localhelp.HealthCare.gov.

Our updated Health Care Law Toolkit includes key information about enrolling in health insurance during open enrollment. It also includes ideas for how you can get involved. These materials can also be used at enrollment events and for other education and outreach efforts. And don’t miss the webinars to learn more about how you can get involved.

We look forward to partnering with you in enrolling millions of people in the Marketplace!


Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations

The 2016 Health Care Law Toolkit can help faith and community leaders learn and educate others about the health care law. These materials can be used at enrollment events and for other education and outreach efforts. Get the PDF iconcomplete toolkit or download each section of the toolkit below:

You may also want to use these outreach and education materials available through the Health Insurance Marketplace:

You can order health care law products like posters, applications and other materials.

Also, find health insurance applications in many languages.


The Health Care Law 101 Webinar Schedule

The HHS Partnership Center hosts a series of interactive webinars for you to learn more about how to enroll in health insurance and what to do now that you have coverage.


Additional Educational Materials

Educational materials on the health care law can be found at Marketplace.cms.gov. Applications for health insurance in multiple languages, fact sheets, articles, brochures, widgets and badges, talking points and other resources can be found there as well.

For people who are newly insured and looking for more information about what to do now that they have health insurance, a website has been created called From Coverage to Care. This tool highlights the eight steps that the newly insured person can take to live a long and healthy life. The website includes a Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You in eight languages, videos, a Discussion Guide for Community Partners, and an Enrollment Toolkit. The eight steps are available in a one-page roadmap format and are also broken down in greater detail in English and Spanish. 

Order Coverage to Care materials like DVDs, posters, booklets and other materials for free from the website.


Links for More Information

HHS partners with more than 20 faith organizations to promote enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Blog post

www.HealthCare.gov - Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace; the website to enroll in health insurance.

www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov - Spanish language website providing information on the Health Insurance Marketplace; the website to enroll in health insurance.

CMS Health Insurance Marketplace - Resources on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

www.hhs.gov/healthcare - Social media on the health care law, including blogs, tweets and stories of people who now have health insurance.

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight - Public policy and program information on the health care law.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Public policy and program information on the health care law.

www.Medicaid.gov - Information on the Medicaid program that assists people with low incomes.

www.Medicare.gov - Information on the Medicare program that assists seniors and people with disabilities.

Health Resources and Services Administration - Information on how to locate a community health center.

Content created by Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)
Content last reviewed on July 12, 2016