WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2013) -- The new Health Insurance Marketplaces created in every state under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," officially launched today.
The health reform law is expected to affect millions of Americans, including the autism community. Given these changes, Autism Speaks remains committed to ensuring that families have access to accurate information and health insurance coverage that best meets their needs.
Individuals, families, and small businesses can begin enrolling in coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces starting today. Enrollment is open through March 2014 so applicants have time to explore their options and purchase coverage that best meets their needs.
Each state has a Marketplace where applicants can learn if they are eligible for financial assistance, compare the cost and quality of new plan options, and enroll in coverage. These services are available online, over the phone, or in person.
In the coming weeks, Autism Speaks will release additional resources on how health reform affects the autism community. These resources will explain key provisions in the ACA that affect families caring for loved ones with autism, fact sheets on the law's most significant reforms, and resources that can help you make sense of the law.
For questions about the new Health Insurance Marketplaces or how coverage will work in your state, visit healthcare.gov or call the hotline (available 24/7) at 1-800-318-2596. For additional options, such as live chat or a connection to a person in your state that can help you understand your options, see this information.