IDF wants to keep patients and families living with primary immunodeficiency (PI) up-to-date about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the healthcare reform law.
Since the 2016 Presidential election, IDF has continued to focus on what will happen with healthcare coverage and access under the new administration. There are many unknowns at this time, but we want to remind members of the PI community that it is still vital that those who need insurance through the Marketplace enroll, regardless of the possible repeal of the ACA.
It is important to remember that changes to the ACA will not be immediate, and those who rely on insurance through the Marketplace (or exchange) should proceed as they previously would until told to do otherwise.
IDF continues to be committed to working with other patient organizations to make sure our patients are not forgotten. As more information becomes available regarding any proposed changes in healthcare law and healthcare plans, we will be there advocating for our community, and we will share information through our various IDF communications. Remember, “Put Patients First!” Sign up for IDF Action Alerts to keep in the know!Click Here to Sign Up for Action Alerts
We will periodically post status reports, links to other websites, implementation reports and explanations of various provisions of the law. For more information regarding general insurance issues, visit our Patient Insurance Center.
Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a 2017 Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.
• November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
• December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
• January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
• January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
If you are thinking about enrolling in one of the plans that will be offered in your state health insurance marketplace, IDF has resources to assist you.
To further help patients and families living with primary immunodeficiency learn more about the implementation of the ACA, IDF offers additional resources from the NHC. Click here for more helpful resources.
The ACA represents the largest change to the healthcare system in the U.S. since the passage of Medicare in 1964 and Medicaid in 1965. IDF is monitoring the new policies and where necessary will be raising the voice of the PI patient community to make sure that our “zebras” are not left out in the cold. Click here for information about the ACA provisions and implementation.