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What is the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act gives everyone more choices when choosing health coverage using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is a website where you can compare and shop for health coverage for you and your family that meets your needs and fits your budget.
Open Enrollment for 2018 health plans begins on Nov. 1, 2017. During that time, you’ll need to decide if you are going to apply for a new Marketplace plan, choose a new plan with BCBSTX or with a new company. How does health care reform affect me?
If you have a health plan…
If you buy a health plan yourself or have it through work or a government program, there may not be many changes. But your coverage could include new benefits that the law has put in place, such as free screenings for some preventive services and the ability to continue to insure your adult children up to age 26.
If you do not have a health plan…
The health care law creates options for many people to get coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions or current health status. You may qualify for reduced costs on your monthly premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs depending on your income, family size, and the health plan you choose.
If you do not get a health plan…
Most U.S. citizens and legal residents must get and keep basic health coverage.* If you don’t have a health plan this year you may pay a fine. If you don’t have a health plan for only part of the year, you will have to pay 1/12th of the yearly penalty for each month you’re uninsured as long as that period of time is longer than 3 months. *A few groups/individuals are exempt, such as certain religious groups, American Indians, and people who are incarcerated or in financial hardship.Now that you have more information about ACA, do you feel more prepared to select health coverage for your and your family?
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