From November 1 to December 15, 2017, Americans can sign up for health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period.

If you sign up before December 15, you are guaranteed healthcare for all of 2018. This means that no matter what changes occur in Washington, DC, you’re able to access healthcare for at least a year.

Who should worry about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

In Philadelphia, over 220,000 people get health insurance thanks to the ACA and Medicaid expansion. Along with their healthcare, they also gain the peace of mind and protection from financial hardship that health insurance brings.

The ACA provides health care options for those who cannot otherwise access care, like part-time workers, those whose employers do not offer health insurance, or people who are self-employed.

To avoid paying a tax penalty, all Americans should sign up for health coverage.

What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

The ACA provides affordable access to healthcare for all Americans.

It also:

  • expands family health plans to guarantee coverage of dependents, like children, until the age of 26;
  • guarantees Americans access to healthcare regardless of preexisting conditions; and,
  • expands Medicaid in most U.S. states so millions of healthy adults living in poverty can access care.

The Trump Administration has severely limited the open enrollment period. This means you have less time to enroll in a plan. Act now to select a plan before the December 15 open enrollment deadline.

How can people enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

These local resources exist to help you through the enrollment process. City employees are here to help.

Free Library of Philadelphia Health Insurance Enrollment Fairs

At each of these fairs you will be able to learn about plans, get your questions answered, and enroll in the right plan for you and your family. No appointment is needed.

Find a health insurance enrollment fair near you and mark your calendar!

Philadelphia Department of Public Health Centers

All City Health Centers have navigators ready and able to assist you with registering for the coverage that you’re eligible for.

Call your local Health Center for hours.

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Check out plans, enroll or renew your health insurance online until December 15.

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