On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Congressman Al Green announced that, beginning today, millions of Texans will have access to affordable, quality health insurance as the new online Health Insurance Marketplaces (www.healthcare.gov) open in every state, under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
“The Affordable Care Act is designed to end unfair discrimination based on gender, preexisting conditions, employment status, and age when obtaining health insurance,” Congressman Al Green said. “It is my sincere hope that the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplaces will move the U.S. forward in making progress towards providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare for all Americans.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than half of those shopping in the new Marketplaces will qualify for discounts on their monthly premium, based on their income, which will make the premiums more affordable. In this new online Marketplace, there is no denial for pre-existing conditions, no annual or lifetime limits on coverage, and no higher rates for women compared to men. The open enrollment period for the first year of the Marketplaces runs from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
According to HHS, the Affordable Care Act has already yielded results, 105 million Americans have already received access to free preventive services, 6.6 million seniors have saved more than $7 billion on their prescription drugs, and more than 100 million Americans have benefited from no longer having a lifetime limit on their coverage.
Individuals looking to take advantage of the Health Insurance Marketplaces for health coverage should go to www.healthcare.gov and by putting in Texas as well as their zip code, they will be able to see and compare plans in our area. If constituents have questions about the Marketplace, they can call 1-800-318-2596, a toll-free hotline open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Many residents of the Ninth Congressional District who did not have health insurance because of a pre-existing condition or because they could not find an affordable plan were will now be able to purchase affordable, quality health insurance through the new online Marketplaces,” Congressman Al Green said.
Michael Mouton (Senior Press Secretary)