There is a new development within the Affordable Care Act Marketplace and those who have yet to get on board the system should take this as the perfect opportunity to do so. Healthcare facilities can help their patients prepare for the marketplace first of all by ensuring that they are given the right information about what to expect, what the new requirements are and what are the notable deadlines that they should pay attention to. For the upcoming 2017 coverage, individuals may sign up for an open enrollment beginning November 1st of 2016.
2017 Enrollment Calendar This registration will continue until the 31st of January in 2017. However, those who want to get covered as soon as Day 1 of the new year hits should get enrolled by December 15th. It’s expected that there will still be people who will end up missing this registration due to a wide range of circumstances. As such, those who miss out on the enrollment at the originally set time and date will have to try again via the Special Enrollment period. Everyone isn’t automatically qualified to take advantage of the special enrollment period, though. There will also be requirements in order to be allowed to take a special exam. In the case of application for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), the applicant should have at least had certain life events happen to them already, such as getting married, having a baby or adoption, or losing health coverage, among many others. Once approved to enroll, they will have a 60-day window to complete the process. If they miss this chance yet again, then there’s nothing else to do but wait for the next enrollment period, and that won’t happen until the following year. Coverage Methods There are more than just one way to apply for coverage. The options are provided so that the individual can pick the one that is most convenient for them: by phone, online, by paper application, with in-person help. With these choices, there simply is no excuse for everyone to miss out on the scheduled enrollment period. It’s all laid out according to what is most viable for them, and they will be the one making the choice. With the expansion of the Medicaid options, there are now plenty of other new health insurance marketplace coverage options, too. To learn more about this, it is best to seek the advice of expert professionals, such as DECO, who are knowledgeable in how the system works. Sources: 5 Tips about the Health Insurance Marketplace. HealthCare.gov. What is the Health Insurance Marketplace? ObamaCare Facts.