What the Return of LeBron James Has to Do with Health Insurance

July 14, 2014


CLEVELAND, OH – Last Friday the city of Cleveland and sports fans across Ohio got exciting news – LeBron James is returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Get Covered America welcomes LeBron James back to Ohio and would like to remind him and all Ohioans that major life events like this one may trigger a special enrollment period on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Although open enrollment for private insurance has ended and the next open enrollment period will begin November 15, many Ohioans still have the opportunity to get covered now if they’ve experienced a qualifying life event like moving outside of your coverage area or loss of job-based health coverage.

Other qualifying life events that may trigger a special enrollment period include:

  • Certain changes to your income if you are enrolled in a Marketplace plan;
  • A change in your coverage (you lose coverage for some reason such as divorce or turning 26);
  • Marriage, birth, adoption;
  • A change in your immigration status; and
  • Problems with your coverage due to a Marketplace error or other complicated cases.

Individuals generally have 60 days from the date of the event to enroll in coverage. If someone has a qualifying life event before November 15, 2014 they should report the change as soon as possible to the Marketplace.

Financial assistance is available to help pay for plans bought during special enrollment periods, just as during open enrollment. In fact, 84% of Ohioans received financial assistance to pay for their plan during open enrollment.

Free, in-person help from trained experts is available in communities across Ohio to assist with the special enrollment process. To find help nearby, visit www.GetCoveredAmerica.org or call a Get Covered America Ohio office, Cleveland (216-314-2392), Cincinnati (513-667-2304), and Columbus (614-636-0385).

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About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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