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Help Your Patients Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplaces

ACA Education and Enrollment Outreach

One of the principal ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand coverage to millions of uninsured persons is through state-by-state health insurance marketplaces. These marketplaces will help eligible patients buy individual health insurance plans that they can afford. They will provide a web-based platform that will enable patients to effectively comparison shop and select the best plan for them and their families. Eligible persons will also be able to get tax subsidies to help them afford the plans offered by the marketplaces.

Health insurance marketplaces have launched and patients who need coverage will be able to enroll in coverage until March 31, 2014. To help you help your patients determine health insurance choices, as well as to answer questions that you might have, the American College of Physicians has put together a series of documents to address questions about the changes in healthcare coverage brought about by the new marketplaces.

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The 2014 open enrollment period ended on April 1. However, a special enrollment period may be granted to those who have experienced a significant life event (i.e., marriage or employment status change) or can self-attest that they have started but did not complete a federally-facilitated marketplace insurance plan enrollment application before March 31.

People who are eligible for Medicaid may enroll at any time of the year.

More information on the enrollment extension and special enrollment periods can be found here.

The following documents include general information on resources that are available to you and your patients, and answers to frequently asked questions about insurance enrollment. In addition, ACP has also assembled state-specific resources to tell you more about what is happening in your area and help you provide your patients with accurate contact information.

Affordable Care Act Issues Physicians Need to Know: This document provides practical information to physicians and their patients regarding provider network adequacy issues, the health insurance appeals process, information about cost sharing, and how physicians can help their patients acquire non-covered drugs.

ACPís State-by-state Guides to Helping Patients Enroll
Find information about how the insurance marketplace will operate in your state and a resource guide you can give to your patients to help them find the appropriate people to answer their questions about health insurance.

Questions and Answers about Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Affordable Care Act
ACP Health Insurance Enrollment Comment Center

Have questions or comments about ACA health insurance marketplaces and enrollment? Contact ACP staff at policy-regs@acponline.org to share your thoughts.

Other Resources

ACP Policies and Recommendations

This library is a collection of ACP's Clinical Guidelines, Ethical Guidelines, Policy Statements, and copies of testimony and letters to government and non-government officials.

The ACP Advocate Blog

The ACP Advocate Newsletter