Helping Memphians Get Affordable Health Insurance

Issues: Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released the latest figures for enrollment of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. In Tennessee, 236,021 consumers selected plans during the first nine weeks of the current open enrollment period that runs through January 31, 2016. Tennessee ranks number 11 of the 38 states signing people up for health coverage using the federal HealthCare.gov.

The HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace is still open for 2016 plan shopping and comparisons until January 31, 2016. You can visit http://bit.ly/hcSavings to see if you qualify for tax credits that will be applied as discounts on your monthly insurance premium. If you already have insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov marketplace, your plan has automatically been renewed for 2016 but you should still visit HealthCare.gov to update your information, ensure you receive the full tax credit to which you are entitled, and review new options as cheaper insurance plans that better fit your needs may now be available.

Healthcare navigator SEEDCO will have enrollment assistance at the Benjamin Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Ave. 38111 on January 22, 2016 from 10:30am-3:30 pm. Consumers can call (901) 405-7890 if they need any additional information. SEEDCO will also be at the Benjamin Hooks Library on January 31, 2016 from 1pm-5pm.

If you are on Medicare or your employer offers qualified health insurance in which you are enrolled, you're already covered and won't need to enter the Marketplace for your health coverage. If you aren't sure whether or not you should use the Marketplace to get insurance, you can call the Marketplace Hotline at (800) 318-2596 or visit HealthCare.gov. You can also call my office at (901) 544-4131 or the Marketplace Hotline to find out if TennCare (Tennessee's Medicaid program) is a coverage option for you.