Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplace Open
Nov. 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Health care coverage is an essential component of achieving the AHA’s vision of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to hold the promise of extending coverage to more than 25 million uninsured Americans through a combination of public programs and private-sector health insurance expansions. Since 2014, more than 11 million Americans have enrolled in coverage through the new marketplaces and over 8 million received coverage through Medicaid, making great progress toward that 10-year goal of 25 million. As a result, the percentage of insured individuals nationally has hit an all-time high of more than 90 percent.

The 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment period opened November 1 and will close on January 31, 2017. It’s critical that all community stakeholders, including hospitals, reach out to consumers and make the enrollment process easy and accessible.

Looking for Coverage?

To apply: Go to HealthCare.gov to apply for health coverage, renew your current plan or choose a new plan. For your new or updated health insurance coverage to start January 1, you must enroll or change plans by December 15. You can change your plan any time during Open Enrollment, which ends January 31, 2017. You can also:

  • Preview 2017 health insurance plans and prices before you apply. Most people qualify for financial help with their premium costs.
  • Compare 2017 health plans and prices to your current coverage, update your application with any household or income changes, and enroll in a plan.

Information on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provide coverage to families and individuals with limited income or other reasons, is also available on HealthCare.gov.

AHA and Enroll America Webinar – Helping America Get Covered and Stay Covered (January 11, 2016)

Community Connections Enrollment Toolkit (November 2014)

AHA and Enroll America Webinar - Strategies on Coverage, Outreach and Enrollment (October 9, 2014) Audio File, Slide Presentation

Regulatory Advisory - Update on 2015 Regulatory Actions for ACA Marketplace and Medicare Advantage (July 3, 2014)

Members-Only Webinar - Hospital-based Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility and Enrollment (March 4, 2014)

HHS/AHA Special Enrollment Webcast(January 23, 2014)

Webcast: Expanding Health Coverage – Special webcast on working with community stakeholders on health insurance enrollment (Sept. 2013)

Get Enrolled Case Examples

AHA Member Advisory: Understanding and Monitoring New Insurance Coverage Issues (Jan. 8, 2014)

Special Bulletin: Resources to Help Consumers and Providers with Insurance Coverage Questions (Dec. 2013)

Special Bulletin - Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Hospital Toolkit Available (Aug. 2013)

Special Bulletin – CMS Rule on ACA provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP, Presumptive Eligibility and Coordination with the Insurance Marketplaces. (July 2013)

Member Advisory - Helping People Get Insurance Coverage: Options for Hospitals (July 2013)

Special Bulletin – CMS Rule on Marketplace Standards for Navigators & Others (July 2013)

Regulatory Advisory – Update on Implementation of ACA Insurance Reforms (March 2013)

Special Bulletin – HHS Rule on Essential Health Benefits & Related Provisions (Feb. 2013)


HealthCare.gov – This consumer site offers a wealth of resources in plain English, such as “What is an Insurance Marketplace?” and live chats. Plus there’s a Spanish sister site.

CMS Health Insurance Marketplace – Offers training materials and outreach and education tools including consumer materials and resources for presentations and promotion (many available in Spanish). See Outreach to Special Populations.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Provider Toolkit – Includes patient handouts and education, training and additional information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Enrollment Coalitions Initiative – Offers several toolkits for behavioral health and other community-based organizations and professionals to help patients sign up for insurance coverage.

Get Covered America – This site from Enroll America is directed at consumers with an emphasis on public awareness and grassroots efforts.

Get Covered Calculator: Estimate Your Costs

The Center for Consumer Information Insurance Oversight - In-Person Assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Enroll America – Provides a number of enrollment resources, webinars, maps and state profiles, including the new Get Covered Connector which helps connect consumers to application assistance, Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization Toolkit,  State and Regional Staff Contacts and the resource paper: Promising State Approaches for Using Hospital Presumptive Eligibility

The ACA's Cost-Sharing Reduction Plans: A Key to Affordable Health Coverage for Millions of U.S. Workers

2016 Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers

Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms

Cut the Cost of Health Insurance - Consumers Union State by State Information on New Health Premium Tax Credits

BusinessUSA - Information for small businesses about new health care changes

Catholic Health Association of the United States - Animated video on Enrollment and Presumptive Eligibility

Kaiser Family Foundation – Find health reform facts and tools, including a consumer-friendly video explaining the ACA, to use with your community.

Click on the map to view state-specific health coverage resources, such as insurance commissioner, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, Marketplaces and resources from your state hospital association.    




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