11/1/2018 by Share Your Story

Episode 6 – Open Enrollment / short term health plans


Also Subscribe on:  iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Pocket Casts

Topics: Open Enrollment for the ACA Begins

Introduction:

Patients Rising stands up for patients, advocates for their rights, fights for the access to treatments people need and tells the truth about health care. We bring you practical information you can use. 

THE INFUSION is hosted by co-founder and executive director of Patients Rising and Patients Rising Now, Terry Wilcox.

Tell us about your access issues or health navigation questions by calling our HELP LINE at 1-800-685-2654 .

Or you can email us at: AskAccess@patientsrising.org.


EPISODE 06

In Episode 06 we start our Open Enrollment series for the ACA, Obamacare, or Individual Marketplaces Exchanges – whatever you label it, it’s time for those of you buying your own insurance to select your plan for 2019.

Today we dive into our end of year news and information blast focused on Open Enrollment. We recommend heading on over to Healthcare.gov to get started. Here you can learn all about the Essential Health Benefits and Pre-Existing Conditions Rules.

We talk a bit about the short-term health coverage which was originally 364 days under Obamacare, but was shortened to three months and signed into law just before he left office in 2016. This caused much consternation when President Trump put it back to a year. Short-term plans are not meant to be permanent.

Here are good articles against and for the plans:

Short term health insurance should worry you even if you do not need it and

Short term health plans are the right path for Trump to improve the marketplace.

Given we work with many patients dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, we are not an advocate for these plans for the populations we deal with, however, we believe it best to give an honest look at why they exist.

 


GET INVOLVED WITH PATIENTS RISING

Please consider becoming a member and supporting us. We have some great benefits of membership, including exclusive access to LegalZoom Lifeplan. When you give to Patients Rising, every dollar you donate helps us support the voice of patient advocates. People need their stories shared to affect the changes our system so desperately needs.

WHERE TO FIND US:

PatientsRisingNow.org.

Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Spread the Word:

You'll receive updates about new resources, patient stories and insights, advocacy work, and alerts about patient-support events.