Over 1 Million Texans – Listen Up, This is For You!
August 27, 2014
When’s the best time to focus on taking care of your family’s health insurance needs? For roughly 1.3 million Texans, the answer is right now! Here’s how the numbers break down:
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent notifications to this number of immigrant and new-citizen Texans who were newly insured in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The group was informed of “data matching issues” with their enrollment that needed to be resolved. If you did not receive a notice, you have nothing to worry about. If you did receive one, act quickly by Sept. 5 to correct the data, so there is no interruption in your health coverage.
That’s how many uninsured Texans a new Enroll America report says can sign up for health coverage in the Marketplace right away. These folks qualify for a “special enrollment period” (before the next open enrollment period starts on Nov. 15) because of a life-changing event—such as moving, getting married, giving birth, or gaining citizenship. Learn more about special enrollment here.
This is the number of people who are uninsured today but who qualify for low-cost and even free health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP (according to the Kaiser Family Foundation). Because sign-up for Medicaid and CHIP is year-round, these Texans can apply right away.
The bottom line? For about 1 in 4 uninsured Texans who are able to get covered–and about 7 percent of newly insured Texans–now is the time to act. Don’t wait to focus on your family’s health coverage: Take action today!
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