Less than a month into his presidency and Donald Trump has already made major changes to our nation’s healthcare policies. Within his first day in office, President Trump immediately signed an executive order directing government agencies to “ease the burdens” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until a full replacement plan can be designed and implemented – though it is unclear exactly how he plans to alleviate the pressure.
Without knowing the details of Trump’s replacement plan, it is hard to guess what will be next for our healthcare system. Regardless, these proposed changes will not be implemented overnight. Due to a complex approval process, we can expect it will take time for a new plan to come into effect. In fact, it is unlikely that any policy changes will be made before next year, so ACA-compliant coverage will still need to be purchased for 2018.
To ensure you’re prepared for ACA enrollment this year, here are 5 tips you need to know that will help make the process easier via healthcare.gov and EaseCentral:
1. Get a quick Marketplace overview. If you’re new to the Marketplace, this single health coverage overview page tells you what you need to know and provides links to more.
2. Mark key dates on your calendar. Learn about the key dates and deadlines to make sure you’re covered January 1.
3. Make sure you have everything you’ll need to apply. Use this simple health care checklist (PDF) to gather the documents you’ll need to complete your application. You can also stay up-to-date with the latest health care information by signing up for email and text message reminders to get important health coverage information.
4. Make sure you’re ACA compliant. Our ACA webinars also cover a wide range of reporting requirements and best practices, which you can watch here.
5. Learn how to pick a health insurance plan that’s right for you. Choosing a health plan can be complicated. Knowing just a few things before you compare plans can make it simpler.
For now, the ACA is still a reality for brands. When planning your annual budget, don’t simply discount this type of coverage, as it very well may be a large part of our next twelve months.