The content of this blog was complied by the Public Library Association (PLA) to assist library staff as they assist patrons with the Affordable Care Act. Their PLA post can be found here.
Need Health Insurance Now? The ACA has you covered!
COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period is February 15–August 15, 2021
March 23, 2021 marked the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare." The Biden administration has made several executive orders to boost access to quality, affordable healthcare early on in its first term, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opening the new COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period (SEP), February 15–August 15, 2021, at healthcare.gov. To date, CMS released a report showing more than 206,000 Americans signed up for insurance through the ACA Marketplace during the first two weeks of the special enrollment period. These numbers demonstrate people need and want affordable health insurance, especially in the middle of a pandemic when millions have lost their jobs and health insurance.
CMS wanted to ensure that anyone who is uninsured would be able to have access to coverage regardless of their life circumstances, which means no documentation is required and coverage begins the very next month after enrollment.
How Libraries Can Help Promote the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period
Tell your community the library is here to help learn about and enroll in health insurance coverage plans during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period!
Advertise on social media, tv, radio and other outlets using the ready-made communications assets in the Outreach Hub (Google Drive) for:
- COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period
- Social Media Guide
- Other coverage options, including Medicaid
- Using your health insurance
- Preventive care
- Social media–friendly assets
- Radio ad scripts
- Spanish and other language assets
Learn More About the ACA and How to Help Patrons
- Watch the Public Library Association's (PLA) free, on-demand webinar, “The ACA and Advancing LGBTQ Health.”
- Get involved with PLA's healthcare advocacy partners at Young Invincibles by joining their email list and using and advertising the Get Covered Connector to help your community find local health insurance application assisters.
- Complete LGBTQ cultural competency training from our partners at Out2Enroll.
- Consider becoming a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) and receive training through CMS to assist your community members with health insurance questions and enrollment.
Additional Health Resources
- Free, on-demand digital literacy training courses for patrons at PLA's digitallearn.org
- Resources from PLA's Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative
- Promote Medicaid enrollment any time of the year with materials from the Medicaid Outreach Partnership hub
Posted by Cindy Fesemyer