Hooray for the ACA!

Nearly 98,000 Alabamians signed up for affordable health coverage between Oct. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, during the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. That number shattered Alabama's federal sign-up goal for Marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Enrollment for 2015 coverage began Nov. 15, 2014, and continues through Feb. 15, 2015. Between annual open enrollment periods, uninsured Alabamians may qualify for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) when they experience certain life-changing events, such as marriage, birth or adoption and loss of coverage through job loss, relocation or divorce. Visit healthcare.gov for more information about SEPs and coverage options on the Marketplace.

The resources below describe how the Marketplace works, other benefits of the ACA, how Alabama is addressing health care reform and what lies ahead.

Healthcare.gov -- The Marketplace website is your one-stop hub for new coverage options and other benefits of the ACA.

To find out what premium discounts you may qualify for on the Marketplace, use this handy subsidy calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

This Marketplace flyer from Arise helps you reach out to the uninsured.

This Marketplace bulletin insert is formatted for church bulletins.

Find your way around the Marketplace -- This brochure from AARP highlights the basics.

Health security for Alabama's working families -- This ACPP fact sheet makes the case for Medicaid expansion. 

Health security for Alabama's uninsured veterans

Health security for Alabama's women

You got covered. Now what? -- This one-page ACPP overview looks at what people who have health coverage for the first time can expect from their insurance plan.

UAB study shows huge economic benefits of Medicaid expansion

The ACA helps nonprofits offer health insurance

Health reform and young Alabamians

Health reform and Alabama seniors

How the ACA helps America's families (Families USA)

How the ACA helps small businesses (Families USA and Small Business Majority)

ACA implementation timeline (Community Catalyst) 

Do you have health insurance?

Tips for tax time and getting enrolled -- This one-page ACPP overview looks at the shared responsibility penalty, who may be exempt from it, and how people who owe a penalty for 2014 can avoid owing one again in 2015.

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