December 9, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The December 15 deadline to enroll for coverage through the health insurance marketplace is approaching quickly for coverage that will begin on January 1, 2017. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is urging everyone who is eligible under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to learn about his or her options and sign up for a plan. People who need to re-enroll, want to make changes to their plans or need to update their information must also do so by December 15. Those who currently have coverage, but do not update their applications or change plans by December 15, will likely be automatically re-enrolled in a plan for 2017.
Information about health coverage options and how to enroll is available at (800) 318-2596 and online at healthcare.gov and cuidadodesalud.gov. Free, in-person assistance can be found at localhelp.healthcare.gov. The fourth open enrollment period under the ACA began on November 1, 2016, and ends on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
“Health coverage through the ACA marketplace is available for 2017, so people should sign up now to get the plan that best meets their needs. So far, seven in 10 enrollees are able to get health coverage for less than $75 a month. We encourage everyone who is eligible to enroll before December 15, the deadline for coverage that begins January 1, and to shop around for coverage if reenrolling in a plan through the marketplace,” said Rita Carreón, Deputy Vice President, NCLR Institute for Hispanic Health. “More than 4 million Latinos have been covered under the ACA so far, and it is critical that we take every opportunity to spread the word so that all who are eligible get covered for 2017.”
Since major ACA coverage provisions went into effect, the overall uninsured rate for Latinos has declined the most of any racial or ethnic group, dropping from 24.3 percent in 2013 to 16.2 percent today. The rate of uninsured Hispanics in the United States, however, remains the highest of any group.
“The Affordable Care Act has been effective in increasing the opportunity for millions more Americans, including Latinos, to have the financial security and peace of mind that comes with having affordable health coverage. We cannot stress enough how important it is to look into the health plan options and financial assistance available to you in order to sign up by the December 15 deadline. Most consumers are eligible for financial help, so please take the first step to learn more about your options and visit healthcare.gov or call (800) 318-2596,” added Carreón.
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.