Health Insurance Reform
**The Deadline to Enroll for Health Insurance is March 31, 2014**
I am pleased to provide you with information to help you connect with local healthcare resources that can provide enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While my office does not have the expertise to enroll people in the healthcare marketplace, we are happy to refer you to resources that will help you enroll and/or answer your questions.
You may also visit healthcare.gov or call the toll-free ACA consumer helpline at 1-800-318 2596 to get your marketplace questions answered. Or you can call United Way’s 211 Line find out about enrollment assistance in your area.
Enroll America and the Ad Council Launch Campaign to Encourage the Uninsured to Sign Up for Health Coverage under the Affordable Care Act
Final week for health-care signup draws crush
Young people among local procrastinators
The last-minute rush has begun.
Local health-care “navigators” were slammed at events to sign up the uninsured in the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the final full week of the enrollment period last week, said Brad Clark, director of the Neighborhood Health Association navigator program.
The official enrollment deadline had been midnight Monday. But the Obama Administration announced last week that because of high demand on the healthcare.gov Web site and the federal 800 phone line, those who at least begin the enrollment process by Monday’s deadline will be given until mid-April to complete the process and will not be penalized.
Thousands try to beat deadline for health-insurance coverage:
NAVIGATORS ASSIST LOCAL RESIDENTS
That was a typical greeting Monday at the Affordable Health Care Act sign-up event at the Toledo Lucas-County Public Library as a surge of people attempted to get coverage on the last official day.
Nearly 400 people arrived to get help at the Main Library in downtown Toledo from one of 13 health-care “navigators,” but some were turned away at the day’s end as efforts to enroll people in private health insurance under so-called Obamacare were hindered when its Web site became strained beyond capacity.
Visit aims to spark health-care sign-ups
Official says March 31 deadline won’t be delayed
Kathleen Falk, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ regional director, visited Toledo on Friday to help kick off the Obama Administration’s push to get more uninsured people signed up for health care by the March 31 deadline.
Enroll Cleveland: 216-217-1308
4367 Rocky River Dr., #800, Cleveland, OH
Care Alliance Health Center: 216-781-6724
Riverview Tower, 1795 W. 25th St., 2nd Floor, Cleveland, OH
Lorain County General Health District: 440-322-6367
9880 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035
United Way Port Clinton-Sutton Center: 419-734-6645
1854 E. Perry St, #300, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Huron County General Health District: (419) 668-1652, ext. 269.
180 Milan Road, Norwalk, OH 44857
Parma Health Ministry: 440-843-8087
7000 Ridge Road, Parma, OH 44129
Cleveland Marketplace Enrollment Team-Cognosante: 216-643-2941
6100 Oak Tree Blvd., Suite 200, Independence, OH 44131
Toledo-Lucas County Health Department: 419-213-4100
635 N. Erie St. Room 27, Toledo, OH 43604
Things you need to know
Health care, specifically health insurance coverage for all, mental health care, and medical liability coverage for healthcare providers, is one of the most important domestic policies today.
The Affordable Care Act emphasizes preventive medicine
The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010, puts consumers in charge by ensuring access to quality, affordable health care. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that the law will provide coverage to 32 million more people, or more than 94 percent of Americans, while lowering health care costs over the long term.
This historic legislation will reduce the deficit by $210 billion over the next ten years, with $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction in the following 10 years.
Although people share different views about the proper course of reform, the Affordable Care Act is a responsible approach to the challenges of the 21st Century and will repair much of what needs fixed so that our country remains strong and competitive.
UNDERSTANDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Read the text of the law here.
Read a summary of the bill here.
Read about how the law affects my constituents in Ohio's 9th District here.
Read a section by section summary of the bill here.
Review the timeline of the implementation of the law here.
Read the CBO analysis of the budgetary impact of the reconciliation bill here.
Read the President's Executive Order prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion here.
Read about the small business health care tax credit here.
Read a brochure from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to learn how the law will affect seniors here.
Visit healthcare.gov to learn more about the law here.