In a little more than 100 days, health insurance exchanges in each state will open for enrollment. But a lot of Americans don’t know that.
That’s why advocacy groups around the nation are stepping up their efforts to educate consumers about the options that could be available to them through the Affordable Care Act, come October 1.
Enroll America, a coalition of community organizations, health groups and businesses, is hosted more than 75 events in 27 states this past weekend.
The programs, which include door-to-door visits, talking to people at churches and setting up tables at neighborhood gatherings, are aimed at telling the uninsured and underinsured about the plans that they could be eligible for next year. They will provide information about the suite of essential benefits — including drugs, mental health and emergency room coverage — that must be included in each plan, as well as the financial assistance available to those who need it.
In the coming weeks you’ll begin to see the Missouri Hospital Association doing much of the same. MHA is making a concerted effort to help Missouri citizens understand their options with the exchanges. Participation in these exchanges by the uninsured and underinsured is especially important in a state like Missouri because legislators failed to expand Medicaid last session.
As a health care provider it will be important for you to have at least some understanding of how the exchanges work. I will work to provide more information as MHA provides it.