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Understanding the New Health Insurance Marketplace 0 Presenter Name, Title
Objectives for this session: Explain the new Health Insurance MarketplaceIdentify who will benefitExplain the enrollment processUnderstand financial assistanceLearn where to get more info and help
Why Does Health Coverage Matter? Greater use of preventive services & access to primary care More likely to take medications to help control risk factors More likely to actually call 9-1-1 Better health outcomes & significantly lower CVD mortality Sources: Gibbons RJ, Jones DW, Gardner TJ, Goldstein LB, Moller JH, and Yancy CW. “The American Heart Association’s 2008 Statement of Principles for Healthcare Reform.” Circulation 2008: 118. Collins SR, Robertson R, et al. “Insuring the Future: Current Trends in Health Coverage and the Effects of Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey.” The Commonwealth Fund, April 2013.
Overview of Health Insurance Marketplace A new, easier way to buy health insurance A single location where uninsured individuals & small employers can shop for & easily compare coverage options Available in all 50 states plus DC Know upfront what your costs & benefits will be before choosing a plan Choose the plan that best meets your needs, budget
Also Coming Soon – New Insurance Protections Cannot be denied coverage due to pre-ex condition Cannot be charged higher premiums due to health status, gender Coverage of routine clinical trial costs Coverage of preventive services at no additional cost No more lifetime or annual limits on coverage
Who can use the new Marketplace? Uninsured individuals & families Small employers with ≤ 50 workers Must be U.S. citizens or legal residents Cannot be incarcerated ** If you already have affordable coverage through your employer, Medicare, or another program, you can keep it.
Who are the Uninsured? 48 million uninsured (7.3 M with CVD) 93% have incomes under 400% poverty ($45,000 individual/$94,000 family of 4) 75% in working families 45% women, 55% men 45% white, 32% Latino, 15% Black 78% unaware of new coverage options Sources: 2010 Census Data. “Informing Enroll America’s Campaign: Findings from a National Study;” January 2013.
How the Marketplace Works Private insurance companies compete for your business A single application to determine eligibility for: – Insurance coverage through the Marketplace – New types of financial assistance to make coverage affordable – Medicaid – Children’s Health Insurance Program
Marketplace Health Plans Hospital care Doctors’ office visits Emergency care Prescription drugs Maternity & newborn care Rehabilitative services & devices Laboratory services Preventive services Mental health care Pediatric services All plans sold through the Marketplace must meet minimum requirements All plans in the Marketplace must cover 10 categories of essential benefits:
New Type of Financial Assistance to Make Premiums Affordable New type of tax credit is available for individuals & families to help make premiums affordable 90% of uninsured will be eligible for the credit Amount of credit depends on income & family size – the lower your income, the more help you receive You choose how to take the credit – use it right away to reduce monthly premiums or receive the credit when you file your taxes
Eligibility for the Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit People with income ≤ 400% of poverty: FAMILY SIZEINCOME ≤ ABOUT: 1$46,000 2$62,000 3$78,000 4$94,000 ** Must buy coverage through the Marketplace to receive the credit
When People Can Enroll OR In special circumstances such as you lose your health insurance, move, get married, or have or adopt a child OR Anytime for people eligible for Medicaid/CHIP
How to Enroll in Coverage Note: The application and website are also available in Spanish (www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov) and the toll-free number will provide assistance in 150 different languages. Individuals will also be able to enroll through the mail.www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov
Four Steps to Using the Marketplace 14 1 Create an account 2 Apply 3 Choose a plan 4 Enroll
Key Points to Remember Everyone should have health insurance because it helps you get needed care and it also protects your family financially in a medical emergency. The new Health Insurance Marketplace opening in your state this fall makes it easier to shop for and compare health plans and choose the plan that’s right for you. You can’t be turned down for coverage, even if you have a medical condition. Most people who are uninsured will qualify for financial assistance to help make premiums affordable. Open enrollment is October 1 – March 31.
Need More Information? Check out these websites for more information from the American Heart Association: www.heart.org/healthinsurance www.heartsforhealthcare.org