November 1 marked the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the 2016 open enrollment period, and Federal agencies and partners are hard at work to get the word out that now is the time to shop for quality, affordable health care coverage!
Through January 31, individuals can apply for a 2016 health plan, renew their current plan, or pick a new plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace .
Here’s a round-up of several recent open enrollment articles and blog posts from across the Federal government that might be useful to our readers!
The White House issued the Healthy Communities Challenge, asking communities with high numbers of the uninsured to compete to see who can enroll the most people by the end of open enrollment. Twenty communities were selected to take part in the challenge.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that in the first week of open enrollment, more than 540,000 people selected a health insurance plan through the HealthCare.gov platform. [Subsequently, CMS released the Open Enrollment Snapshot for Week 2 showing a cumulative total of more than 1 million plans selected during the first two weeks of open enrollment.]
During the Women’s Week of Action, HHS highlighted its partnerships with more than 30 women’s organizations to help enroll women and their families in quality, affordable health coverage.
HHS Secretary Burwell and VA Secretary McDonald penned a joint op-ed recognizing the importance of helping our nation’s veterans and their families gain access to quality and affordable health insurance.
HRSA awarded $7 million to 93 new health centers for enrollment outreach and assistance. (Awardees include several health centers that target populations at risk for or living with HIV.)
CMS announced $32 million in available funds to support efforts to reach out to families with children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and help get them covered.
Robert G. McSwain, Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service, highlighted key benefits available to members of federally recognized Tribes, and encouraged those who are eligible for services from the IHS, Tribal program or urban Indian health program to enroll in a Marketplace plan.