|Affordable Care Act Updates|
November 1, 2013 Update - On the Exemption Application
October 14, 2013 Update - on the online Health Insurance Marketplace
After many months of hearing about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the time to enroll has finally come. That means that the landscape of health care insurance is changing significantly and many Alaskans have questions about how this historic change impacts them and their families.
In order to help understand exactly that, we wanted to point out an extremely helpful and informative website set up by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), The Affordable Care Act and You (http://anthc.org/aca/), which not only answers questions, but offers resources and opportunities to learn more.
Enrollment begins now, because starting January 1, 2014, every American must be able to demonstrate that they have health care coverage under the ACA. This means if you do not already have coverage for you and your family, you will be required to purchase health insurance or face a penalty each year when filing your taxes.
Alaska Native and American Indian people are exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance if they can show evidence of certain Tribal enrollment, shareholder status, or eligibility. These enrollment rules can be complex and ANTHC’s new ACA website provides answers and clarity.
The federal website healthcare.gov is the portal to the Health Insurance Marketplace and has been experiencing glitches.
In the meantime, the SEARHC Outreach Hotline is up and running! This is where you may find out more about the healthcare coverage options available on the Marketplace. Please call 855-966-8684 for more information (966-8684 for a local call in Sitka).
Another helpful resource is: healthcare.gov/if-im-an-american-indian-or-alaska-native-what-do-i-need-to-know-about-the-marketplace/