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Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Indian Health Service's website. See the original post here.
Today is the 3rd National Tribal Day of Action for Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment. Across the nation, IHS facilities are holding events today to provide American Indian and Alaska Natives with information and help in understanding the Affordable Care Act and their potential benefits in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Open enrollment ends on February 15, 2015. That means there are less than two weeks left in the Marketplace Open Enrollment period, so now is the time to act. All Americans must have health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. If not, they must claim an exemption or may have to pay a penalty. If you are a tribal member, you can enroll anytime, but it is important to know what your potential benefits would be if you purchased insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrolling is easy with the new streamlined application, and in-person help is always available at an IHS facility. You might also find out that you are newly eligible for Medicaid and you can enroll in Medicaid at any time. In addition, now that tax season is upon us, you can also file for an exemption when you file your taxes, even if you have coverage. Individuals who are tribal members and/or eligible for IHS services can claim an exemption.
You can always get care at IHS if you are eligible; but with health insurance, you will be covered, have more choices, and will be in the best position for your health. Once you are covered, it's easier to get care when and where you want it, and you can get peace of mind. Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace today at www.healthcare.gov.