Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act/Obamacare was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Different portions of the ACA go into effect on different dates. Effective October 1st of this year individuals may enroll in health insurance plans offered from state-based health insurance exchanges. It’s important to learn about your rights under the ACA and take advantage of the new benefits being offered.

Big changes are coming that will affect you and your family. Here are some great resources, click to learn more!

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Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion is a great opportunity for individuals and families with low to modest income. Free comprehensive healthcare coverage!

As of January 1, 2013, the state medical program Medicaid (now being renamed Apple Health) will become available to many more people. Tens of thousands more in Washington State alone.

Currently Medicaid is available to children, families with minor children, aged, blind or disabled people who are very low income. Under the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the new standard for eligibility will be based on income only. Childless adults will now be eligible if their income is at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. For example, a single man or woman with an income of $16,000 will be eligible for Medicaid, er, Apple Health. Income figures rise with the family size. For children, the income cutoffs are even higher.  Children in a family of four people can be covered if their income is below $70,650. We are assuming that over a quarter of our Samish uninsured people will be eligible under the new guidelines.

Applicaions can be done starting October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. You may apply at www.wahealthplanfinder.org starting October 1, 2013 or Joanne can help at (360) 899-5454. Indian Health Services requires that you utilize any available alternate resources before Contract Health dollars can be spent. Failure to apply for this free comprehensive coverage can cause you to lose access to CHS.

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