Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment 2016

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The Health Insurance Marketplace is something you might be hearing a lot about soon.  The Marketplace is where you can get health insurance to comply with the Affordable Care Act.  The open enrollment period for the Marketplace began yesterday, November 1, 2015.

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Important Dates For The Affordable Care Act 2016

  • Open Enrollment period begins November 1, 2015
  • If you need coverage to start on January 1, 2016 you must be enrolled by December 15, 2015
    (Coverage can begin January 1, 2016 if you enroll by December 15, 2015)
  • Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2016

Other Chances To Enroll In A Health Insurance Marketplace Plan

There is a Special Enrollment Period, referred to as SEP.  This allows you to qualify if there is a change in your current situation.

  • If you have a baby
  • If you get married
  • If you lose your job
  • If you lose your job-based coverage
  • And other specific changes

If you qualify for Medicaid’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) there is no enrollment period.  You can provide the needed documentation and apply for the program at anytime.  Coverage begins when application is approved.

Who’s Eligible For The Health Insurance Marketplace?

United States citizens or lawfully present nationals, living in the U.S..  For specifics on ‘lawfully present’ visit

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Who’s Not Eligible For The Health Insurance Marketplace?

  • Persons on Medicare
  • Persons on Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance  Program)
  • Persons with qualified job-based insurance

How To Get Accessible Materials For The Affordable Care Act

To receive materials in Braille, large print, audio, or accessible PDF, you can use this form to request accessible documents from providers of the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Complete and print the request form and send your inquiry to

Remember it is your right to receive documents in a format that you can understand.  The Affordable Care Act, the Civil Rights Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act all support consumers rights of receiving documents in accessible formats.  Know your rights and responsibilities.

Look for more updates regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Braille Works is committed to Making the World a More Readable Place™.

Insurance Providers

Insurance providers, please contact the specialists at Braille Works to learn how your business can be compliant with Federal and State Laws with accessible PDF’s, Braille, large print, and audio for individuals with visual impairments.

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