Archive for March, 2015

Texas State of Enrollment Conference in Dallas

March 31, 2015


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Last year we held our first statewide gathering of our partners from across the state who were involved in the ACA.

During that first-ever event, more than 75 partners came together to discuss the ACA, open enrollment and much more.

This year, we are doing it again. Only this time it will be a two-day conference on April 29 and 30 in Dallas. The 2015 Texas State of Enrollment Partner Conference will be an opportunity to learn best practices, get invaluable training and prepare for the next open enrollment period.

Conference details:

What: Texas State of Enrollment Conference

Where: Dallas County Schools Training Technology Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228

When: April 29, 10 a.m.  to April 30, 2 p.m.

While the conference is free, everyone must register by April 17. You can register by going to:

Lunch will be provided both days and breakfast will be provided April 30. While we don’t have a convention hotel, these two are close to the conference venue:

  • Quality Inn, 8303 E. R L Thornton Fwy, 75228
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 8703 E. R L Thornton Fwy, 75228

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Samuel at

And be sure to check this page often as we will be updating the latest information on the conference here.





Tax-filing special enrollment period now through April 30

March 26, 2015

We all know the enrollment period ended Feb. 15, but some Texans may still be able to enroll in a health care plan now through April 30.

A few weeks ago the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a tax-filing special enrollment period.  So what does this mean? It’s an opportunity for those individuals who did not have health insurance through the marketplace; didn’t know how the fine would affect them; and are subject to the fine on their 2014 taxes, to sign up for coverage.

It allows consumers to get covered for this year and ensure they won’t be responsible for another full fine on their taxes next year – which will increase to $325 per adult or two percent of their income, whichever is greater.

Texans who may qualify can take advantage of this tax-filing special enrollment period by going to the Get Covered Connector at to make a free in-person appointment with an assister in their community.

Five Years of the ACA

March 23, 2015



Happy anniversary to the ACA!

Today marks five years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

So many milestones have been reached during this time.  People no longer have to worry about how they will pay for an unforeseen medical expense nor worry about getting sick and potentially losing their coverage. Here’s a glimpse at what the ACA has done.


  • 2.3 million young people, between the ages of 19 and 25, have gained coverage since 2010
  • Insurance companies can no longer drop a person’s coverage for getting sick
  • Eliminated pre-existing conditions and gender discrimination – meaning you won’t be charged more because of your health status or gender
  • Gave 47 million women access to guaranteed preventative women’s health services
  • 4.2 million Latino adults gained coverage – a 12.3 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate.
  • Ensured every plan covers 10 essential health services, including emergency room visits, prescription drugs and preventative care

In Texas:

  • More than 1.2 million Texans have a quality, affordable health insurance plan
  • 68 percent of Texas Marketplace enrollees obtained coverage for $100 or less after any applicable tax credits
  • 468,797 consumers in Texas under the age of 35 are signed up for Marketplace coverage


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Surprised by the Fine? Starting Sunday, Ohioans May Have a Second Chance to Get Covered through the Affordable Care Act

March 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has passed, but uninsured or underinsured Ohioans who were unaware of the fine for not having coverage may still have the opportunity to get quality, affordable health coverage now through special enrollment periods. This year, some consumers might be eligible for a new special enrollment period for this year’s tax-filing season that gives uninsured Ohioans who did not realize they would be fined for not enrolling in health coverage another opportunity to enroll in a plan for 2015.

The tax-filing special enrollment period will begin this Sunday, March 15 and run until April 30 this year. It will be open to consumers who confirm that they are subject to the fine on their 2014 taxes, and were previously unaware of the impact of the fine.

“This new special enrollment period will give Ohioans another chance to get covered this tax season,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “Many Ohioans are unaware that financial help is available to purchase a plan, and they may not learn about the fine for not having coverage until they are filing their taxes. That’s why we’ll continue to let Ohioans know the tax implications of going without health insurance and this new opportunity to get quality, affordable health coverage.”

Consumers may also qualify for other special enrollment periods 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. And 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 Medicaid, which has year-round enrollment.

If you think you might be eligible to enroll through a special enrollment period or Medicaid, Ohioans can schedule an appointment with a free enrollment assister by visiting the Get Covered Connector at To find out if you have experienced a qualifying life event, you can visit the HHS screener and answer a few questions.


New Data: 84% of Ohioans Enrolling in Coverage through Affordable Care Act Got Financial Assistance

March 10, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement that 234,341 Ohioans enrolled through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of February 22, 2015.

“We’re happy to see that Ohioans are continuing to find quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, with most of them receiving financial help to pay for their plans. The Affordable Care Act has given thousands of uninsured and underinsured Ohioans access to new, affordable coverage options, and it’s clear that Ohioans are taking advantage of this opportunity. In fact, 84% of Buckeye State residents that enrolled received financial assistance to help pay for their plans, making coverage truly affordable for so many.

“We’re also encouraged to see that 47% of enrollees were new consumers, showing that interest in these new health insurance options is widening. While there is still work to be done to ensure everyone can protect themselves and their families with health insurance, today’s announcement shows that we’ve made real progress in Ohio.”

Though the open enrollment period ended on February 15, many Ohioans still have the opportunity to get covered now. Last month, HHS announced a special enrollment period running from March 15 to April 30 this year for consumers 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.

For low and moderate income Ohioans who are newly-eligible under expanded Medicaid, 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 or by calling 1-800-648-1176.

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