During the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period, which began Oct. 1 and ended March 31 for coverage starting in 2014, uninsured Alaskans obtained health insurance though the ACA’s Marketplace. With the deadline passed, certified application counselors at SVT Health and Wellness will continue assisting eligible consumers in enrolling in coverage, helping consumers with questions related to the utilization of their coverage and providing consumers with educational information about the ACA and health insurance in general.
However, there will be a general shift from enrollment to focusing on answering consumers’ questions about their health care coverage and continuing to ensure they know about the new benefits available to them. All of these services are provided free of charge.
For coverage beginning in 2015, the open enrollment period is Nov. 15, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015.
To buy Marketplace insurance outside open enrollment, you must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of a job.
If you are Alaska Native or American Indian you can apply for the lifetime exemption from the requirements of the ACA at any time during 2014. Exemption forms are available at SVT Health and Wellness or printed from at healthcare.gov. Applications for Medicaid and Denali KidCare are available year round.
For more information, contact Emiley Faris, Monica Anderson or Mary King, certified application counselors, at 226-2228.