Not too late for some to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:35 GMT —
Monday, March 31, 2014 was the last day to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Healthcare Act but there may be a loophole for a few.
"If somebody has a qualifying life event such as a birth of a baby, getting married or divorced, things like that then losing insurance through a job then they can qualify to purchase insurance through the marketplace," Betty Coonrod, Special Projects Coordinator for the Adams County Health Department, said.
A qualifying life event is described on healthcare.gov as a change in your life.
Examples include changes in your family size, turning 26 and being kicked off of your parent's insurance or moving to a new state.
But there is one catch, enrollment must happen within 60 days of the qualifying life event. After that you might think you out of luck.
Not if you live in Illinois or Iowa. Those two states chose to expand their Medicaid programs. Missouri decided not to.
"So those individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who previously did not qualify for Medicaid, if their income is below a certain level then they now qualify for Medicaid, Coonrod said.
For Medicaid you can enroll anytime.
However, if you do not have a qualifying life event or you live in Missouri, you are going to have to wait until November 15, 2014. That is when enrollment begins again for the Affordable Healthcare Act.
If you have any questions about the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, the Adams County Health Department encourages you to contact them at 217-222-8440.