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Need new health insurance NOW?

If you experience certain life changes, you don’t have to wait for Open Enrollment in November to enroll in affordable health coverage on healthcare.gov or your state’s marketplace. You have 60 days after the following events to apply for a Special Enrollment Period and enroll:

• Moving to a new zip code or county
• Getting married or divorced
• Having a baby, adopting or becoming a foster parent
• Becoming a U.S. citizen or getting a green card

You have 60 days before or after the following to enroll: 

• Losing your health insurance from your job
• Turning 26 and aging off your parent’s health plan

And if you are experiencing domestic violence and want to apply for your own health plan, you can do so at any time.

Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods at healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

 

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Aug122019

Don’t miss your chance to oppose discrimination!

Deadline is Tuesday to oppose Trump rule that would sanction discrimination

More than 110,000 comments have been submitted so far opposing a proposed Trump administration rule designed to undermine the Affordable Care Act’s landmark non-discrimination provisions. That’s great news, but we still have one more day to go.

Don’t miss your chance to weigh in! The deadline is tomorrow – Tuesday, August 13 -- to submit a unique and personalized comment about how the proposed rule would harm women, transgender people, the entire LGBTQ community, people with chronic illnesses and people who need language access services.

We’ve made it easy for you to do this. Simply go to a dedicated web page created by Community Catalyst, one of the Raising Women’s Voices national coordinators. It explains how patients would be harmed and provides direct links to comment pages set up by some of our allies.

What’s at stake? The proposed rule is designed to undermine enforcement of Section 1557 of the ACA, also known as the Health Care Rights Law (HCRL). It would reverse portions of a 2016 Obama administration rule, which had defined prohibited sex discrimination under Section 1557 to include discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, departure from traditional sex stereotypes or use of abortion services. The proposed rule would send the wrong message to health care providers, who could believe they have been given a green light to discriminate.

The proposed rule would also harm patients whose first language is not English by lifting some important language access requirements for health providers. In addition, it could allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with HIV and other chronic illnesses by using unfair design of coverage, such as charging expensive co-pays for some types of prescription drugs.

Before the proposed rule is issued as a final rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to seek comments from the public. It will absolutely make a difference if you submit a personalized comment. HHS is required to consider allunique comments received and respond to them—either by making the requested changes in the rule or explaining why the change was rejected.

We need you to join us and tell the Trump administration to #PutPatientsFirst!

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