Nov. 6, 2014
Affordable Care Act’s marketplace can be confusing, but several websites and
hotlines are available to help you learn more about how to choose a health
insurance plan and what to expect when signing up. In this week’s installment
of “Hey, Doc,” TMA provides a list of reliable resources for Texans to learn
more about the marketplace ahead of open enrollment on Nov. 15.
Where can I get more information about the marketplace?
The federal government
is running Texas’ exchange and serves as the main resource for information and
enrollment. The following list includes resources we have found helpful in
providing details on the insurance marketplace, what to expect, and how to sign
federal government’s Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov has checklists, videos, and other resources to help
you prepare for open enrollment, although actual plans and price
comparisons won’t be available until Nov. 15. That’s when you’ll actually
apply, too, but you can get ready now. A toll-free call center is
available to help answer questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 318-2596. Also, people in
your local community known as navigators will be available to help with
the enrollment process beginning in November.
- Marketplace.cms.gov is another federal resource with explanations; checklists;
and official forms, applications, and language materials.
Cross and Blue Shield of Texas launched a campaign called Be Covered Texas
to help Texans understand the federal health reform law and navigate the
insurance marketplace in Texas. Call (866) 427-7492 Monday through Friday
8 am to 5 pm Central Time, or go online any time to BeCoveredTexas.org. The bilingual English-Spanish website offers
materials like printable fact sheets on the marketplace and the health
reform law, and checklists to get ready.
you have questions about insurance you already bought in Texas or receive
through your employer here, you can contact the Texas Department of Insurance at (800) 578-4677.
you think you are eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance
Program, you can contact the Texas
is TMA’s “Hey, Doc” content schedule through Nov. 26, 2014.
Week of Nov. 12: Who must enroll in the
marketplace? What if I don’t? What are the penalties for not having health
Week of Nov 19: What if I have insurance
through my work or family? Do I have to buy insurance through the marketplace?
What happens if my insurance company canceled my plan? Can I still keep it?
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