Health Insurance Outreach

Over the past four years, more than 20 million Americans have gained coverage through a combination of expansion of the Medicaid program and enrollment in private market coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, as well as other coverage programs through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). People with coverage have better access to care so that providers can detect illnesses and disease sooner, and are better protected financially than people without coverage. Coverage helps them get care at the right place, at the right time and in the right setting.

The 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment period runs from November 1, to December 15, 2017. This is a change from previous years, and it’s critical that all community stakeholders, including hospitals, reach out to consumers and make the enrollment process easy and accessible.

There are many great ways for hospitals to assist individuals with enrolling in health insurance via the Marketplace.  Listed below are a number of ideas and resources that may be helpful:

  • Healthcare.gov – The federal Marketplace website where Alabamians go to enroll and to find out more about health insurance coverage.  There are a number of resources on the site regarding the 2017 open enrollment period.
  • Marketplace.cms.gov – This site was created to provide a one-stop resource for those helping with outreach.  Here you can find applications and forms, technical assistance resources and outreach and educational materials, including information on CAC and Navigator training.
  • American Hospital Association Resources – The AHA site includes 30- and 60-second videos to promote enrollment among young adults, infographics, podcasts, as well as talking points for engaging community stakeholders and more.
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