Updates and More Important Dates to Remember Updates

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced a number of updates to the website designed to improve and ease user experience. The home page of the website now features more prominent links to plan comparison tools, premium assistance estimates, and information about local resources and assistance before you apply for health insurance coverage. The initial steps in the application process have also been streamlined to more quickly direct applicants to the correct Exchange portal, whether federal or state-run.

In addition, the Administration has announced that people purchasing insurance through the Exchanges now have until December 23 to register for a plan to ensure that coverage begins promptly on January 1, 2014.

Remember, if you currently have coverage that you plan to keep in 2014 or Medicare or Medicaid, you do not have to purchase insurance through your state’s Exchange.

Important Dates to Remember

We know that keeping up with Washington can be tough, so PAN has put together an updated list of important dates to keep in mind as you talk to your Members of Congress, community, and others about the policies that matter to the Parkinson’s community.

Important Dates

December 7, 2013Open enrollment for Medicare (including Part D prescription drug coverage) ends

December 13, 2013 – Deadline for the budget conference committee to report recommendations

December 23, 2013 – Deadline for individuals who are purchasing private coverage through the Health Care Exchanges to sign up for coverage so that their health coverage begins January 1, 2014

January 15, 2014 – Current continuing resolution to fund the federal government expires; additional sequestration cuts take effect if Congress doesn’t take action

February 3, 2014 – President traditionally submits his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to Congress on the first Monday in February

February 7, 2014 – The nation’s borrowing authority, also known as the debt ceiling, will expire

March 31, 2014 – Last day for individuals who are purchasing private coverage through the Health Care Exchanges to sign up for coverage to avoid a penalty

We will continue to update this list periodically with new key dates and links to more information as it becomes available.

Date originally posted: December 6, 2013.