Archive for February, 2015

What You Need to Know About Tax Time

February 26, 2015

When you sit down to do your taxes for 2014 (either on your own or with some form of help), you might notice something slightly different.

Everyone must now state whether they had health insurance for the entire year.

If you got financial help with your health insurance, you’ll receive a form (called a Form 1095-A) with info about how much financial help you received.

You’ll need to enter the info on your Form 1095-A when you do your taxes, much like you would enter a W-2.

If your income or family size changed during 2015, that could change the amount of financial help you qualify for. It is possible that some people will get a larger refund as a result. Others may owe some money back (however, the amount that is owed back is capped for many).

If you had free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid for the entire year, you can simply check a box saying that you had coverage.

Similarly, if you had coverage through your employer, you can simply check a box saying that you had coverage for the entire year.

If you did not have health insurance for 2014, you might have to pay a fine of $95 per adult or 1% of your income, whichever is higher. (Note: The fine goes up each year. For 2015, it’s $325 per adult or 2% of your income, whichever is more.)

You can get an exemption from having to pay a fine if any of these apply to you:

  • Your income is below the tax filing limit
  • You suffer a hardship that prevents you from being able to buy health coverage
  • Health coverage is unaffordable for you
  • You are incarcerated
  • The time you go without coverage is less than three months
  • You are an undocumented immigrant
  • You are a member of an Indian tribe

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How Ohioans Can Still #GetCovered Through Affordable Care Act Now that the Deadline Has Passed

February 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has passed, but many uninsured or underinsured Ohioans still have the opportunity to get quality, affordable health coverage now. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new special enrollment period for this year’s tax-filing season, giving uninsured Ohioans who did not realize they would be fined for not having health coverage another opportunity to enroll in a plan for 2015.

HHS announced there will be a special enrollment period running from March 15 to April 30 this year for those who were unaware of how the fine for not having coverage affected them. To be eligible, consumers must attest that they first became aware of the implications of the fine after the end of open enrollment in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes and have paid the fine for not having health coverage in 2014.

“We’re pleased to see more than 234,000 Ohioans got health coverage during the last enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “But we know that many more Ohioans can still get quality, affordable health coverage now and may not know it. That’s why we’ll be continuing our outreach efforts over the coming months to make sure people know their health coverage options and opportunities to get covered now. If you still need coverage and think you meet the qualifications to enroll, act now to ensure you can spend 2015 with quality, affordable health coverage.”

Despite the fact that the open enrollment period through the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on February 15, there may still be options for Ohioans to get covered through a special enrollment period. Consumers may qualify for a special enrollment period if they’ve experienced a qualifying life event such as losing coverage, getting married, having a baby, moving to a different coverage area, and becoming a citizen, among others.

Ohioans enrolling in health coverage through a special enrollment period on the Marketplace are eligible to receive financial assistance to lower their premiums. Last enrollment period, 84% of Ohioans signing up through the Marketplace received financial assistance to help make their plans truly affordable.

Adults under the age of 65 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($16,243 for an individual or $33,465 for a household of four) are eligible for expanded Medicaid and enrollment for Medicaid is year-round.

If you are eligible to enroll through a special enrollment period or expanded Medicaid, Ohioans can schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister by visiting the Get Covered Connector, at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or by calling 1-800-648-1176. To find out if you have experienced a qualifying life event, you can visit the HHS screener and answer a few questions.




More Than 204,000 Arizonans #GotCovered in Second Open Enrollment Cycle

February 18, 2015

2015infographicPHOENIX, AZ – The following is a statement from Get Covered America’s Arizona State director, Cheryl O’Donnell, regarding new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicating 204,187 Arizona consumers enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the second open enrollment period, ending February 15:

“The fact that more than 204,000 thousand Arizonans enrolled in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace clearly demonstrates the need and desire for quality health plans in this state. People want coverage and they do seek it, whether on their own or with the help of an assister. These latest statistics – nationwide at 11.4 million – are a result of the hard work organizations across the country have been dedicating to help people get covered for more than two years. This is exciting and encouraging as we prepare for next year’s open enrollment season in the Fall.”

Of those who enrolled, 139,037 are from metro Phoenix, 31,612 from the Tucson area and the remainder from Greater Arizona. Combined with numbers from expanded Medicaid program enrollment through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), more than half a million Arizonans have benefited from the ACA.

Get Covered America’s outreach campaign, operating on the ground for two years, reached six million consumers across the United States to provide them with information and resources to help them get covered.

Meanwhile, Arizonans who were “in-line” to apply for coverage on the February 15 deadline have until Sunday, February 22 to complete the application process.

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New Data: Over 234,000 Ohioans Got Coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace During Open Enrollment

COLUMBUS, OH – According to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 234,507 Ohioans have enrolled or reenrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this enrollment period that ended February 15, 2015. The new data also includes enrollment statistics for four major Ohio metropolitan areas. In the Cleveland-Elyria area, 47,388 Ohioans enrolled; Columbus: 38,780; Cincinnati (including parts of OH and IN): 37,639; and Dayton: 14,518.

“It’s great news that more than 234,000 Ohioans were able to enroll or reenroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “These numbers reflect what we’ve seen all along – that Ohioans were excited to learn about their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act and took advantage of their opportunity to get covered.  With an additional 471,340 Ohioans enrolled in expanded Medicaid through January 16, the Affordable Care Act has given hundreds of thousands of uninsured Ohioans access to new, affordable coverage options.”

Even though the open enrollment period ended on February 15, many Ohioans still have the opportunity to get covered now. Earlier this week, HHS announced a special enrollment period for consumers who started their application before the deadline but were unable to complete it. Any Ohioan who started an application before February 15 and believe they qualify for a special enrollment period must complete their application by February 22.

For low and moderate income Ohioans who are newly eligible under expanded Medicaid, there is no deadline to enroll because enrollment is year round.

To find if you are eligible for a special enrollment period or expanded Medicaid, Ohioans can schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister by visiting the Get Covered Connector, at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or by calling 1-800-648-1176.




What Every Ohioan Should Know about the Special Enrollment Period for Consumers who Attempted to Enroll

February 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that any uninsured Ohioan who started the enrollment process through the Health Insurance Marketplace but were unable to finish due to an issue with HealthCare.gov or the enrollment hotline will have until February 22 to complete their application. This special enrollment period means Ohioans who are currently uninsured may still be able to select a plan that will begin March 1, and give them the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are protected.

“This special enrollment period represents a major opportunity for Ohioan’s uninsured,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “It’s critical that everyone who started the enrollment process but was unable to finish it act immediately to complete their enrollment by February 22. Get Covered America will continue reaching out to uninsured Ohioans who may qualify for this opportunity to answer their questions and encourage them to enroll if they are eligible. ”

In the coming week, the Get Covered America campaign will make 25,000 calls to consumers across the country who may be eligible to enroll during this special enrollment period offered by HHS. Those consumers will be offered appointments with in-person assisters who can help them complete the enrollment process. Consumers can also schedule appointments to get free expert assistance directly through the Get Covered Connector, which has more than 13,000 appointments available over the next week.

Anyone who believes they may qualify to enroll during this special enrollment period can access the Health Insurance Marketplace online, over the phone, or through a free, in-person enrollment assister. Consumers qualify for this special enrollment period if they:

  • Tried to enroll in a health coverage plan by February 15 but didn’t complete the application because of an issue with healthcare.gov or the Marketplace Call Center;
  • Or mailed a paper application for Marketplace coverage by February 15 and received a notice telling them they’re still able to complete your enrollment.

Anyone who meets those criteria should act immediately to ensure that they can complete the process. Consumers who fail to get insured run the risk of paying a fine and spending 2015 without the security of health coverage.

Anyone who started the process but was unable to finish can still meet with a free, in-person enrollment expert in their community. To find someone near you and schedule an appointment, visit the Get Covered Connector atwww.getcoveredamerica.org/connector.




Last Call to #GetCovered!

February 13, 2015

This Sunday, February 15th is the deadline to sign-up for health coverage for 2015. Although the deadline is only a couple days away, there’s still plenty of opportunities for Floridians to get covered and stay covered.

Get Covered America and its partners are hosting dozens of events across the state during the final weekend so families can gain the peace of mind and security of health coverage, knowing they’re not one broken bone away from bankruptcy. Trained in-person assisters will be available at all events to help consumers through the enrollment and renewal process.

If you can’t attend one of these events below, you can still schedule an appointment with an in-person assister in your community who can walk you through the enrollment process—start to finish. Visit www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to book an appointment online or attend one of the events listed below to help you and your family get covered and stay covered!

 

South Florida

MIAMI:

National Heart Health Month Enrollment Summit |  Sat., Feb. 14 10am – 2pm

Florida International University College of Law
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall, 1010
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199
 

BROWARD:

Countdown to Coverage Enrollment Summit  |  Sun., Feb. 15 10am – 3pm

Florida Medical Center
5000 West Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33133
 

PALM BEACH:

Health Literacy Enrollment Summit  |  Sat., Feb. 14 9am – 5pm

Boynton Beach Library
2008 South Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

 

Tampa Bay Area

Hillsborough CC Enrollment Event | Sat., Feb. 14 9am – 3pm

Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus
Student Services Bldg.
1320 E. Palm Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
 

Central Florida

Dual Marathon Orange/Osceola Enrollment Fairs  |  Sun., Feb. 15 12pm – 8pm

Orange County:
Ana G. Mendez University
5601 South Semoran Boulevard #55
Orlando, FL 32822
 
Osceola County:
Robert Guevara Community Center
501 Florida Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34743 

North Florida

Regency Mall Enrollment Fair  |  Sat., Feb. 14 9am – 3pm

Regency Square Mall
9501 Arlington Expy.
Jacksonville, FL 32225 (located near the JCPenney)

 




Enrollathon Weekend Events Give Central Ohioans Opportunity to #GetCovered by February 15 ACA Deadline

February 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – With a major deadline looming, Get Covered America and the local health care coalition of enrollment assisters will hold enrollment events at four different Central Ohio locations over the weekend to help local residents get covered before the February 15 deadline to enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Locations include: Columbus Public Health, the Enroll America Office on East Dublin-Granville Road, Eastland Mall, and the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with free, trained experts to help them understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act and find the plan that is right for them. 

According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 208,000 Ohioans have already signed up for private insurance through the Marketplace as of February 6. Additionally, around 84% of those who have signed up received financial assistance to help make their plans truly affordable.

Free, unbiased enrollment assistance is available locally. You can find an enrollment expert in your neighborhood by visiting the Get Covered Connector atconnector.getcoveredamerica.org or calling 1-800-648-1176.
All Locations will be open 1pm-8pm February 13, February 14, and February 15

Columbus Public Health
240 Parson Ave., Columbus OH, 43215

Enroll America Columbus Office
2090 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus OH, 43229

Church of the Nazarene
4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City OH, 43123

Eastland Mall
2740 Eastland Mall, Columbus OH, 43232




Enrollathon Weekend to Help Ohioans #GetCovered Before February 15 ACA Deadline

February 11, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – With just four days remaining before the February 15 deadline to enroll through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace, Get Covered America is planning an “Enrollathon” weekend to help Ohioans enroll in health coverage. Working with partners and volunteers from across the state, Get Covered America will be participating in over 25 outreach and enrollment events over the weekend to make sure Ohioans know their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act and get covered.

“Last year we saw a surge of interest from consumers around the deadline, and we expect to see the same again this year,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “That’s why we’re ramping up our outreach and education efforts in the four days leading up to February 15. We will continue to connect Ohioans to enrollment assisters in their area to help them pick the plan that fits their needs and budget to ensure that as many people as possible get covered before the deadline.”

According to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 202,000 Ohioans have already signed up for private insurance through the Marketplace as of January 30. For the first time, the new data also included enrollment statistics for four major Ohio metropolitan areas. In the Cleveland-Elyria area, 41,837 Ohioans have enrolled; Columbus: 32,827; Cincinnati (including parts of OH and IN): 32,453; and Dayton: 12,082.

Financial assistance is available for most Ohioans to help pay for their premiums and make their plans truly affordable. During this enrollment period, 84% of Ohioans who have signed up on the Health Insurance Marketplace have received financial assistance.

Free, unbiased enrollment assistance is available locally throughout the state to help Ohioans understand their options and find the plan that is right for them. To find an enrollment expert in your neighborhood visit the Get Covered Connector at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 1-800-648-1176.

Ohioans who sign up for coverage by February 15, 2015 and maintain their coverage will avoid paying a fine and will have the peace of mind and financial security of health insurance. The fine in 2015 is $325 per adult in the family or 2% of household income, whichever is greater.

For low and moderate income Ohioans who are newly eligible under expanded Medicaid, there is no deadline to enroll, enrollment is year-round.




Upcoming Chicago Enrollment Events

February 9, 2015

Illinoisans have just a few days left to enroll in the Marketplace before the February 15 deadline! Below find a list of this weekend’s enrollment events. For information on other upcoming events, or to find free in-person help in your area, visit:  www.GetCoveredAmerica.org/Connector

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Enrollment events: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Oak Park Enrollment
1048 Pleasant St.
Oak Park, IL 60630
12 PM-5 PM

 

Enrollment events: Thursday, Feb. 12

Erie Family Health Center
2750 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
8 AM- 1 PM

Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60601
12 PM-4PM

Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood St.

Des Plaines, IL 60016
11 AM- 4 PM

Indian Trails Library
355 Schoenbeck Rd.
Wheeling IL 60090
11 AM- 4 PM

 

Enrollment events: Friday, Feb. 13

Kusanya Cafe
825 W. 69th St.
Chicago, IL 60621
10 AM- 8 PM

Heartland Alliance Englewood Office
400 W 76th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
10 AM- 8 PM

Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
11 AM- 4 PM

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center – Joliet
333 Madison St.
Joliet, IL 60435
8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

 

Enrollment events: Saturday, Feb. 14

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital
2233 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60622
8 AM-Midnight

Heartland Alliance Englewood Office
400 W 76th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
10 AM- 8 PM

Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
11 AM- 4 PM

Indian Trails Library
355 Schoenbeck Rd.
Wheeling IL 60090
11 AM- 4 PM

Katie’s Cup- Denver Bitner Room
502 7th St.
Rockford 61104
9:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Loretto Hospital
645 S. Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
10 AM- 3 PM

Chicago Family Health Center
570 E. 115th St.
Chicago, IL 60628
9 AM- 1 PM

Chicago Family Health Center
9119 S. Exchange Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
9 AM- 1 PM

Erie Family Health Care Center
2750 W. North Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60622
8AM-1PM

Erie Family Health Center
2418 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL, 60622
8AM-1PM

 

Enrollment events: Saturday, Feb. 15

El Valor– Rey Gonzalez Center
3050 E. 92nd St
Chicago, IL 60617
10 AM- 8 PM

Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653
10 AM- 8 PM

Komed-Holman Health Center
4259 S. Berkeley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653
10 AM- 8 PM

Heartland Alliance Englewood Office
400 W. 76th St.
Chicago. IL 60620
10 AM- 8 PM

Metropolitan Family Health Center
235 E. 103rd St.
Chicago, IL 60628
10 AM- 8 PM

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital
2233 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60622
8 AM-Midnight

Erie Family Health Care Center
2750 W. North Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60622
8AM-8PM

Erie Family Health Center
2418 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL, 60622
8AM-8PM

Indian Trails Library
355 Schoenbeck Rd.
Wheeling IL 60090
11 AM- 4 PM

Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
11 AM- 4 PM

 

Uninsured/Under-insured attendees should bring the following documents:

  • A valid social security number (or document number for legal residents)
  • Employer and income verification for household (W-2, pay-stubs, etc.)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans



Get Covered America to Hold Health Insurance Enrollment Events at Cuyahoga Community College as Deadline Nears

February 6, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH – Next week, Get Covered America, Cognosante, and the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council will hold enrollment events at various Cuyahoga Community College campus locations to help students and local residents get covered before the February 15 deadline to enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with free, trained experts to help them understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act and find the plan that is right for them.

According to data released this week by the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than 202,000 Ohioans have already signed up for private insurance through the Marketplace as of January 30, and for the first time metropolitan are data was included showing that more than 41,000 Clevelanders have enrolled.

Free, unbiased enrollment assistance is available locally. You can find an enrollment expert in your neighborhood by visiting the Get Covered Connector at https://connector.getcoveredamerica.org/ or calling 1-800-648-1176.

Monday, February 9, 2015 – Java City Lounge
11am – 1pm
Cuyahoga Community College – Corporate College West
25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Oh 44145

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – East Plaza Café
11am – 2pm
Cuyahoga Community College – Eastern Campus
4250 Richmond Rd. Highland, Oh 44122

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – Campus Center Bldg. Student Lounge (1st floor)
11am – 2pm
Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus
2900 Community College Ave. Cleveland, Oh 44115

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Galleria
11am – 2pm
Cuyahoga Community College – Western Campus
11000 Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma, Oh 44130




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