On October 1, the Affordable Care Act took another big step toward providing millions of uninsured Americans with quality, affordable coverage. That’s the day the national and state-based health exchanges opened, allowing people to start shopping for health insurance plans.
Click here to access the health insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov.
If you have government-run health insurance such as Medicaid or Medicare, you don’t need to do anything. If you have insurance through your employer, you are welcome to look for a better deal. If you do not have insurance or are not happy with your current plan, I encourage you to look on the site and review your options. Low-income individuals may qualify for subsidies to help purchase insurance.
Every American will need to have health insurance starting on January 1 of 2014. If you don’t have insurance yet, now is a great time to start looking.
If you need more help or have more questions, the Get Covered America campaign is also here to help. They’re a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising public awareness about new, affordable health insurance options.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents — 28.8% of Texans lack health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that number is about to go down.
And while I’m still deeply frustrated that Rick Perry and the Republicans in our legislature refuse to expand Medicaid to our low-income uninsured individuals, I am glad that President Obama passed and signed his signature law, the Affordable Care Act, to help give Texans a way to access health care.