Update on the Affordable Care Act
I attended a webinar this morning that updated information about the ACA (Affordable Care Act). Things are on target for the October 1 open enrollment. There is a lot of information that is still being developed, but in the meantime I thought that I’d pass along the following:
- Customers can apply online (preferred because they’ll receive immediate results), on the phone, or in-person working with an IPA (In-Person Assister). We are working with several agencies to provide some IPA service in some of our buildings. I’ll keep you updated on our progress.
- The Washington State Customer Support Center will open on Tuesday, September 3. Their hours are M-F 7:30 am-8:00 pm. Help will be available in up to 175 different languages. Call 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604
- There have been a lot of questions about eligibility, particularly that of non-US citizens. Here’s what the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services has put out to assist with that question: https://www.healthcare.gov/immigration-status-and-the-marketplace/.
- Also, since our state has its own marketplace, only residents of Washington may apply for coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
The webinar is archived at: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Libraries_and_ACA_Resources.html