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Open Enrollment For The Affordable Care Act Began November 1st

December 31, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015 and will end on January 31, 2016. Consumers must sign up by December 15th if they wish to begin January 2016 with Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. The process has been significantly streamlined for efficiency and it takes significantly less time to sign up for coverage than previously. Eight out of 10 people this year may additionally qualify for financial assistance to lower the cost of their monthly payments. In states that have expanded Medicaid coverage to all individuals with incomes less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), individuals under this income threshold can also enroll in Medicaid through the exchanges even outside of the Open Enrollment period. Open enrollment through the marketplaces may benefit the many workers with disabilities who do not qualify for employer-based insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Medicaid buy-in programs, but who need health coverage in order to remain at work and in the community.

For further information on Open Enrollment, please visit the Affordable Care Act enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, or contact the Affordable Care Act call center at 1-800-318-2596.