October 26, 2016

Open Enrollment 4 Starts November 1

The next ACA open enrollment begins on November 1. See important dates and deadlines here. The Department of Health and Human Services has numerous resources for those helping consumers enroll and understand their health care options. To sign up for the CMS Weekly Assister Newsletter, send a request to the Assister Listserv inbox (ASSISTERLISTSERV@cms.hhs.gov) write "Add to listserv" in the subject line, and include the email address that you would like to add in the body of your email. For requests to be removed from the listserv, please forward a copy of a webinar invite or newsletter received and write "Remove" in the subject line. Follow @HealthCaregov Twitter with the hashtag #ACAassisters for updates, reminders, and new publications for assisters.

ACA Spotlight is an infographic series highlighting effects of the Affordable Care Act on individuals and families. It is produced by Social Interest Solutions using the "MAGI Visualization Cloud" solution. Each Spotlight illustrates how ACA policies impact health insurance access and affordability through Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Qualified Health Plans and subsidies offered through health insurance exchanges. One of the infographics illustrates median Medical Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Limits, for every county in the country. Another provides Cost Comparisons across Plan Categories - how premiums and maximum out-of-pocket costs vary across bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and catastrophic plans available in 2016 through HealthCare.gov, and illustrating trade-offs between premiums, out-of-pocket maximums, and total costs for Qualified Health Plans. Enter an individual's age, zip code, household size, and household income to compare costs across plan categories.


Consumers Can Find Information about How to Prepare for Enrollment at www.healthcare.gov. Enroll America offers tools like the Get Covered Plan Explorer, Calculator, and Connector.