Health Care Reform
Health Care Reform is also called the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It is a law that was designed to get more Americans health insurance coverage. No matter your income, job status or your health condition, you can now get health insurance. The law requires a standard package of medical benefits for everyone.
The Open Enrollment period for 2019 coverage began Oct. 15, 2018 and ends Dec. 15, 2018. If you haven't enrolled in coverage by then, you generally can't buy health coverage for 2019 until the next open enrollment period for coverage the following year.
If you're enrolled in a 2018 health plan, your benefit year ends Dec. 31, 2018. To continue health coverage in 2019, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new plan during the 2019 Open Enrollment period.
You must enroll no later than Dec. 15, 2018 to have your coverage take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Standard medical benefits for all plans include:
- Ambulatory patient services
- Emergency services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitation and habilitative services and devices
- Laboratory services
- Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
- Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
Your insurance cost will vary depending on:
- Where you live
- How old you are
- Whether or not you smoke
- How many people are in your household
Want to know how much it will cost? Find out here.
Under the law, pre-existing conditions and your gender are not factors in determining how much you will pay for health insurance.