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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Countdown: 10 Days to End of Open Enrollment

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With the March 31st enrollment deadline fast approaching, the Obama Administration this week reported that the number of individuals enrolled through the state and federal marketplaces has surged to 5 million. Officials hope that a massive wave of enrollments will bring the total to 6 million by the end of open enrollment.

The National Council encourages our member organizations to work with clients to get enrolled in a marketplace plan or their state’s Medicaid expansion (if applicable to your state). There are a number of resources available to help consumers understand the options available to them:

  • Enroll America’s website Get Covered provides information for consumers on their coverage options under the law. Learn how to get local enrollment help and more.
  • Visit FinancialHelpForHealth.org to share videos of people who have gotten help paying for their plan, download flyers to share with consumers and share graphics through your social media channels. Help spread the word in your community and encourage consumers to learn about the help that is available to pay for plans.
  • The National Health Council has launched a website, Putting Patients First, to help patients estimate their insurance costs and pick the right exchange plan. PPF’s Cost Estimator tool allows anyone to enter their general medical information (such as how many doc visits they anticipate in the next year, regular medications, income level, etc.) and guides them to the specific plan level best suited for them to ensure the most coverage possible with the lowest out-of-pocket costs.