With the US mid-term elections, Ebola, and act-alone terror attacks, there is not much oxygen left in the current news cycles for information about the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment period that starts on November 15th, and lasts through February 15, 2015! For many many Americans, this is huge news, yet many of us are totally oblivious to what this means. So we want to make sure that everyone who follows LavenderHealth.org knows the facts, because health care for LGBTQ individuals and families is one of the most important things we can do to improve well-being for our communities.
Right now, you can explore the options that will be available, and you can sign up for news and updates from HealthCare.gov here. If you recently got married, you do not have to even wait until November 15th to get started! Your “change of status” qualifies you to apply now! There are many concerns, including marital status, that are are specific for all LGBTQ people and families, and there are two online resources to help!
Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Health Care Plans is published by “Strong Families” and a host of LGBT partner groups. This guide provides information to help :
- Evaluate your healthcare needs,
- Navigate new insurance options and
- Choose the best plan based on needs of LGBT families.
Out2Enroll is another resource specifically for LGBT individuals and families, offering guidance and assistance to get medical insurance coverage.
So if you do not have healthcare coverage, reach out to get the information you need and hopefully the coverage you need. If you do have coverage, pass this information along to everyone you can reach in your local communities. We all have friends and acquaintances who need this information and the least we can do is pass it along!