These Questions & Answers originally appeared in the IDF monthly e-newsletter, Primary Immune Tribune. Click here to subscribe.
I heard that the government has cut back the open enrollment time period for purchasing a plan through the ACA’s exchange. When do I need to purchase my plan by in order to have coverage on January 1, 2018?
Yes, you are correct. The time period for Open Enrollment (OE) has been reduced from 90 days to 45 days. The OE period for 2018 is November 11, 2017 through December 15, 2017, with an effective date of January 1, 2018.
There are some states who run their exchange that have elected to extend the OE time period. Currently, the states listed below have extended the time where people can purchase a plan to the noted dates:
CA – January 31, 2018
CO – January 12, 2018
DC – January 31, 2018
MA – January 31, 2018
MN – January 14, 2018
WA – January 15, 2018
If you reside in one of these states or any other state that may choose to extend the time period, you will want to verify the start date of the policy. If you are looking for coverage for January 1, 2018, you will most likely still have to purchase your plan by December 15, 2017 for that start date to be effective.
Click here for more information and choose your state to see the OE time period for you.
I am registered as an organ donor but was recently diagnosed with Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). Can I continue to be an eye, organ, and tissue donor if I have CVID?
Organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation give many a second chance at life! We commend you for being a donor, and want you to know that yes, in most cases you can still be a donor after being diagnosed with PI. Many people think that certain medical conditions can disqualify them from donating but this is not always true.
The decision to use an organ is based on strict medical criteria. You may have certain organs that will not be suitable for transplantation, but others may be fine. Your diagnosis of CVID does not disqualify you to register to be a donor.