On October 1, 2013, just about one month from now, the Health Insurance Marketplace will open for individuals and families under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare. One of the benefits you may already have noticed under the Affordable Care Act is the elimination of pre-existing health conditions. Insurance companies can no longer deny patients coverage for a chronic or recurring medical condition for any reason.
In preparation for the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace in October, below are a few tips and guidelines to better understand how coverage works in your state, how to access it, and how to take advantage of the national health care program all citizens have a right to:
- What is the Marketplace in My State? - This link directs you to a drop-down menu that allows you to research health coverage options in your state
- Preventive Health Services for Adults - Includes immunizations for HPV, Hepatitis A and B, syphilis screenings, influenza, and more
- Preventive Health Services for Women - Includes cervical cancer screenings, breast cancer screenings, STI screenings, HIV screenings and counseling, and more
- What are My Birth Control Benefits? - A more comprehensive list of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Ladies, take note, services related to a man’s reproductive capacity, like vasectomies, may not be covered under Obamacare.)
Lastly, for anyone interested in an artistic response to why health insurance matters, here is this creative call to action for comics and cartoonists:
- A Call For Comics About Why Health Insurance Matters - How have you been affected by having or not having health insurance? Tell why it matters to have health insurance with a 4-panel comic. In celebration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the deadline for submissions is October 1st!
Happy Cartooning! Happy Health!