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Help Your Patients Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplaces

ACA Education and Enrollment Outreach

One of the major ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health coverage to millions of uninsured persons is through state-by-state health insurance marketplaces. Since opening in 2013, these marketplaces have helped eligible patients buy individual health insurance plans that they can afford. They provide a web-based platform that enables patients to effectively comparison shop and select the best plan for them and their families. Eligible persons are also able to get tax subsidies to help them afford the plans offered by the marketplaces.

Open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014 and ends on February 15, 2015. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that most uninsured adults are unaware of the 2015 open enrollment period, the health insurance marketplace, or that financial assistance is available to purchase comprehensive health coverage. To help you help your patients make informed 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 marketplaces.

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Open enrollment for 2015 begins on November 15, 2014 and ends on February 15, 2015. Patients who enrolled in a marketplace-based plan in 2014 are encouraged to visit their state's marketplace, update their information as needed, and shop around to determine if a new health plan is a better fit or if they should stay enrolled in their current health plan. This document, 5 Steps to Staying Covered Through the Marketplace, provides patients with information on how to enroll (or renew enrollment) in the plan that is right for them.

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