On November 1, you’ll be able to search for healthcare coverage options, get accurate information on the plans available in your state and make apples-to-apples comparisons of private insurance plans and their prices.
Get Covered & Stay Healthy
Between November 1, 2015, and January 31, 2016, millions of Americans—individuals, families, and small businesses—will be able to find health insurance that fits their budgets and meets their needs, with less hassle, at the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers will be able to go to one place to search for health coverage options; to get accurate information in easy to understand language on different plans; and to make apples-to-apples comparisons of private insurance plans. They’ll be able to get comprehensive information about benefits and quality, side by side with facts about price, before they have to make a choice.
No matter where they live, consumers will only need to fill out a single application on the Marketplace to choose from the health plans available in their area, to learn if they qualify for programs like Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or to find out if they qualify for lower costs on monthly premiums or out-of-pocket costs.
Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2016.
Public Health & Enrollment
All health plans offered on the Marketplace must cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including physician visits, preventive care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Plans must also treat everyone fairly; discrimination against pre-existing conditions will be banned.
- Routine vaccinations against flu, pneumonia, HPV, measles, polio, meningitis, and many other diseases
- Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests
- Regular well-woman, well-baby, and well-child visits
- Care to ensure healthy pregnancies
Find out which preventive services are appropriate for you and your family by consulting the CDC Prevention Checklist.
Already we are seeing that access to coverage increases the use of preventive care and improves reported physical and mental health. A recent report from Oregon found extending coverage resulted in:
- More than 50% improvement in cholesterol screening rates
- Greater than 30% improvement in cervical cancer screening rates
- 100% improvement in mammography rates
(Citation: Baicker K, Taubman SL, Allen HL, et al. The Oregon experiment -- Effects of Medicaid on clinical outcomes. N Engl J Med 2013;368:1713-1722)
What You Can Do
To Help Encourage Enrollment You Can:
- Post videos on your websites and social media sites.
- Include content in your newsletters, listservs and social media channels.
- Share information through conversations, presentations, speeches, and interviews.
- Educate and train staff on what they can do in their roles as family members, friends, and professionals.
- Help enroll consumers and/or apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization.
Learn More & Enroll
Individuals & Families
- Web: HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov
- Phone: 800-318-2596 (855-889-4325 TTY) 24 hours a day 7 days a week
- In-person: Search LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov
- Mail: Application & instructions available on HealthCare.gov
- Open Enrollment:
Nov. 1, 2015–Jan. 31, 2016
- Coverage starts as soon as
Jan. 1, 2016
weekdays, 9am-5pm Eastern
- Page last reviewed: November 16, 2015
- Page last updated: November 16, 2015
- Content source:
- Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs