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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

25 Days Left Until End of Open Enrollment; Send Us Your Feedback!

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The open enrollment period for health insurance plans sold on the state and federal Marketplaces is set to end on March 31. The Obama Administration this week announced that this deadline would not be extended to accommodate consumers who had difficulty accessing the healthcare.gov site during its first troubled month.

Meanwhile, new enrollment updates indicated that nearly 9 million consumers have been found eligible for Medicaid since October 1, 2013. Of those eligibility determinations, 2.4 million were in January 2014, with about 1.5 million in states expanding Medicaid and 0.9 million in states not expanding Medicaid. Data are not yet available to show how many of these eligible consumers actually enrolled, nor how many of them were uninsured prior to becoming eligible for Medicaid.

The National Council wants to hear from you about enrollment! We regularly get requests from agency officials, Members of Congress, staff, and other policymakers about how the enrollment experience is working for individuals living with substance use and mental health disorders. Please help us provide useful feedback on the following questions:

  1. Have you or your staff been involved in helping consumers enroll in coverage?
  2. What has been your experience getting people enrolled in the Marketplace or Medicaid?
  3. Have you encountered any major enrollment challenges for people with serious mental illness or addiction disorders?

You can send your responses to Alanna Tievsky at alannat@thenationalcouncil.org. Thank you in advance for your input.