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Open enrollment starts today, November 15, 2014 and lasts until February 15, 2015. Americans across the country can sign up for a health insurance plan and get covered for 2015.
Most of you are probably familiar with the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare by some. There are certain qualifying events that allow you to use a special enrollment period. The exchanges or the marketplace is a website that allows you to compare plans from a variety of providers much like Travelocity. The website will be either the government Healthcare.gov website or your state’s individual marketplace website.
In Massachusetts, the website is the Massachusetts Health Connector. Since the work I do is project based, I do not have one steady employer providing me with health insurance. There are many myths about who has health insurance and who doesn’t. Everyone has different work, health and family situations. In the past, obtaining health insurance was nearly impossible for some.
I’m very happy that there are now more options to find better and more affordable health insurance as an individual. I’ll be signing up for a plan during this enrollment period on the Mass. Health Connector and hopefully can keep my current plan or find a new health insurance plan that I like better. According to Gallup, most people are happy with their new plans.
Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.”
Figuring out all the terms can be rather daunting, so I’ll have to brush up on those again as I compare plans. Wish me luck as I go through the process. Hopefully some of you are able to sign up for a plan too!
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