Affordable Care Act

On October 1, 2013, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in every state, and millions of Americans became eligible to apply for coverage! 

The NEGC would like to help families and communities to understand the law and to access the related resources. Below, we have provided resources for understanding the ACA, accessing the new health insurance and informing about the impact on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).

The Catalyst Center and National Center for Medical Home Implementation sponsored a webinar, Navigating the Affordable Care Act—Help for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs, on July 20, 2015. Click here for the webinar and materials. 

The National Coordinating Center Healthcare Access & Finance Workgroup sponsored a meeting, A Dialogue: Addressing and Paying for Genetic Services in Integrated Delivery Systems", on June 15, 2015. Click here to learn more and listen to the webinar. 

ACCESS

Open Enrollment occurs every year, but the enrollment period for 2015 closed on February 15, 2015. However, you may still have options to get health insurance coverage. Link to see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

During Open Enrollment Period, here are a number of different methods you may use to enroll in a health insurance plan:

  • You can go to an on-line marketplace, which will also provide you the option to use the telephone, a paper application, online, or in-person assistance.
  • You can seek the assistance of a Navigator.
  • You can use an insurance agent or broker.

Marketplaces

Healthcare.gov is the online destination for the Health Insurance Marketplace. This is the website for open enrollment for your health insurance with all the information you need. The Marketplace is like a virtual shopping mall for insurance policies; where you are able to compare policies, benefits and pricing; and purchase your health insurance. Some states have established their own healthcare marketplace sites to shop, compare and enroll in healthcare coverage. And some states will use the Healthcare.gov site. Here are the links for the New England states:

Para informacion en Espanol, visite CuidadoDeSalud.gov .

Navigators 

  • Health Insurance Jeopardy is a video series developed by the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (July 2015).

ACA & CYSHCN

MEDICAID, CHIP AND CYSHCN

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS

INFO FOR PROFESSIONALS