The Affordable Care Act marketplace is selling health insurance plans beginning today. Open enrollment runs through December 15th.
“Those dates are shortened this year, by half, so we’re doing the best we can with what we have to get the word out,” Eric Savaiano, Enroll Nebraska state coordinator, tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Enroll Nebraska is a coalition of “assisters” who offer free, unbiased help to those buying insurance.
Given the shorter timeframe, supporters say those who need to enroll have to be more focused.
“Lots of folks are confused, and who can blame them. There have been lots of stories and all kinds of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,” Savaiano says. “We have heard that some folks do not know about the open enrollment dates, they don’t know when it ends, particularly, so we’re really recommending folks sign up early and quickly.”
Healthcare.gov has a search function to find local assisters for the tens of thousands of Nebraskans expected to sign up for insurance this year.
“They can contact people, like the Enroll Nebraska coalition and the enrollment assisters, to get help in a local and in-person way,” he says. “They can find that information at enrollNebraska.org/local, or they can call 211 anywhere in the state to find somebody to talk to in-person about their health insurance.”
Savaiano says the lone provider in Nebraska through the federal marketplace, Medica, offers several different plans, so it’s important to compare which is best for you.
Those who will be enrolling through the federal marketplace for the first time need the following to complete the process:
- Social Security numbers
- Copies of Legal Resident documents
- W-2 forms, work pay stubs, and/or a tax return from the previous year
- Your personal email address and login to create an online Health Insurance Marketplace account
- If you already have a Marketplace account, your username and password
- Social Security income statement
- Statements on student loans or alimony payments, if applicable.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:41]