The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
This video put together by the Kaiser Family Foundation gives a good, concise explanation of what the Affordable Care Act does.
Similar to other health insurance plans, there is an Open Enrollment Period each year where individuals and families can review their options and select or switch plans. Here are the upcoming open enrollment periods:
2018 benefit year: November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017
2019 benefit year: November 1, 2018 – December 15, 2018
If you’ve gone through a major life change, you can also sign up for coverage outside of these dates. Here is a list of Special Enrollment circumstances that could be qualifying events.
And, if you are in one of the categories below, you can enroll at any time:
- Eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for CHIP
- A small business owner who wants to offer employees coverage
- A Native American or Alaska Native
Absolutely. People in Nebraska can go to the Health Insurance Marektplace at Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to look at plans, sign up for health coverage, or update their existing coverage.
We recommend visiting Healthcare.gov to see your options. It’s easy to use and can help with making most decisions. Call the Marketplace call center for more detailed information at 1-800-318-2596.
Local enrollment assisters like Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) can provide free help with individual questions or the whole enrollment process. A list of local assisters and their contact information can be found on Enroll Nebraska’s Enrollment Assister Map. You can also call the United Way’s free 2-1-1 referral service if you don’t have internet access. Call to set up an appointment or get limited help over the phone.
Find important dates, health fairs, and events near you on our Events page.
The most recent data suggests we’re doing about average. Take a look at our Uninsured in Nebraska page to learn more.