[Reblog] Six Questions About Obamacare Answered
As a late 20-something, I could very possibly be a member of the “young invincibles,” a label used to describe people between 18 and 34 who do not have health insurance because they think they’re, well… invincible (not to mention broke).I lucked out in that five years ago, I somehow found myself working for the largest private statewide health foundation in California, dedicated to improving the health status of underserved populations in California. The ability for communities to have solid access to health care is one of our core values. As a reflection of this value, a variety of health insurance options are provided to our employees at a very affordable rate.As most of us know, not everyone is so lucky. Recently, at a party during a “what do you do” conversation, a freelance screenwriter (struggling to make ends meet) asked me what he could do to get health insurance being single, unemployed, and having a few health issues to tackle. He, like many of us, will be required to have health insurance pretty soon. But beyond that, we don’t know much. So I spent some time today leafing through healthcare.gov and other sites with any 411 to get the quick down-and-dirty of what we all need to know going into January 1, 2014, when most of us will be required to have health insurance.1. Who needs to have health insurance?
Visit USA.gov’s Health Insurance page to learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and other types of health coverage.
Starting October 1, 2013, you can fill out an application for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You’ll be able to compare your options side-by-side and enroll in a plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. Coverage takes effect as early as January 1, 2014.
USA.gov’s Health Insurance page includes:
- A brief overview on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.
- Key dates for enrollment and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Publications to help you prepare for enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Information about Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and COBRA.
- Obamacare targets “Young Invincibles” demographic (cbsnews.com)
- Young, Healthy and Rich Need Obamacare, Too – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Obamacare Abbreviations You Should Know (theinsurancebarn.wordpress.com)