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Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Starting October 1, 2013, Americans will be able to choose new affordable health insurance options through a new Health Insurance Marketplace (sometimes called Insurance Exchanges).

Some states are setting up a State-based Marketplace, other states will work with the federal government in a State Partnership Marketplace and the remaining states will have a Federally-facilitated Marketplace.

Get Ready For The Health Insurance Marketplace

Getting Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace: Enrollment and Coverage Information

On October 1st, the Health Insurance Marketplace will open and individuals will be able to apply and enroll in quality, affordable health coverage. With this date quickly approaching, it is essential that we all work to make sure that people with lived experience of mental health labels and histories are aware of their new options for coverage under the Health Care Law, and that they understand how to take advantage of these options.

To facilitate our efforts to educate consumers about the new Health Care Law, what the Law means for them, and how they can take advantage of the new options for better, more affordable health coverage, NCMHR partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services and other national organizations like ours to develop a 30-minute narrated training toolkit called Getting Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The toolkit is available online for you to access at your convenience - http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=671995&s=1&k=313D9CE356546691A3035DF1BF004B93

The toolkit provides an understanding of the Health Care Law and how individuals with lived experience of mental health labels and histories might benefit from it. It also provides information on how the Health Insurance Marketplace works in order to make it easier to obtain the health coverage that meets each individual's needs.

The toolkit also contains numerous outreach materials for organizations to use to inform uninsured individuals about their new coverage options under the Health Care Law. Resources containing additional information and the communication materials can be downloaded directly from the toolkit.

The outreach materials include articles, brochures, fact sheets, presentations, videos, posters, cards, outreach messages, flyers, widgets, and social media resources. Many of the materials are available in multiple languages and customized for specific population segments, like different ethnic/racial groups.

The toolkit offers suggestions about how to use particular materials, such as distributing brochures and fact sheets at community events, playing videos, and tweeting or retweeting health reform messages.

NCMHR encourages peer-led organizations and individuals to view the toolkit training, incorporate the information it provides, and utilize the toolkit’s communication materials to give people with lived experience of mental health labels and histories a better understanding of their new health coverage options and how they can take advantage of them.

Peer-led organizations have an important role to play in making sure that people with lived experience have the best health coverage they can get, so they can access physical and "behavioral" healthcare services they need to achieve and maintain wellness. This toolkit can be a valuable resource in disseminating information on enrollment and healthcare options to members of our communities.

The top five things you should know about the Affordable Care Act as it pertains to:

African Americans (PDF, 340KB, 1 page)

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PDF, 365KB, 1 page)

Families with Children (PDF, 374KB, 1 page

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans (PDF, 1.04MB, 1 page)

People with Disabilities (PDF, 346KB, 1 page)

Young Adults (PDF, 378KB, 1 page)

Navigators and Certified Application Counselors: Who are they and what do they do?

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announces new resources to help consumers navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace [Press Release - August 15, 2013]

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. Also today, HHS recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace.

“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Click here to read the full press release

For a list of Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other in-person assisters, please visit:http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html

Click here to learn more about organizations participating in Champions for Coverage: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champions-for-coverage-list.pdf.

To become a Champion of Coverage, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html.

Additional Information:

About the Marketplace (PDF, 353KB, 1 page)

Helping Consumers Apply & Enroll Through the Marketplace (PDF, 213KB, 3 pages)

The Value of Health Insurance (PDF, 633KB, 2 page)

For information about what your state will be offering under the ACA, click on this link to the Kaiser Family Foundation,
which has up-to-date information on each state's insurance Marketplace - http://kff.org/health-reform

The federal government's web site for the most up-to-date information on health care reform and the ACA - http://www.healthcare.gov