The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period provides an important opportunity for Kansans who have coverage through the marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. Last year, a little more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through www.healthcare.gov, which was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you do not have health insurance coverage, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able to get financial help to cover some of the costs. Keep in mind these important dates:
* November 15, 2014: Marketplace open enrollment starts
* January 1, 2015: Health coverage for 2015 starts
* February 15, 2015: Marketplace open enrollment ends
If you want your coverage to begin January 1, 2015, you’ll need to enroll or re-enroll by December 15, 2014. After this date, the day your coverage starts depends on when you enrolled or re-enrolled in coverage.
* Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance coverage closes on February 15, 2015. Be sure to visit the Marketplace and enroll in a plan before this date.
* After February 15, 2015, you can get private health insurance for 2015 only if you lose coverage because you have a qualifying life event like a job loss or divorce.
* The Marketplace is just for people who need to buy private health insurance. If you have insurance through Medicare that coverage is separate from the marketplace. Open enrollment for Medicare is October 15 - December 7, 2014.
According to the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) www.khi.org, the 2015 Kansas marketplace has 82 plans available—64 for individuals and families (down from 65 in 2014), and 18 for small businesses (up from seven in 2014). The average premium for all plans offered in the marketplace changed very little—an increase of just 0.1 percent from 2014 to 2015.
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