- Username and password for your healthcare.gov account, if you already have one.
- Social Security numbers for everyone in your household.
- Dates of birth for everyone who will be covered.
- Proof of immigration status, if applicable.
- Recent pay stubs for those who work in the household, or a 2016 federal income tax return for those who are self-employed..
- Information about any health insurance you or a family member can get through a job.
- Names of doctors and prescriptions, including dosage amounts.
Last-minute changes at the federal level to the health insurance marketplace are causing confusion among many consumers. Some people are wondering if they can still get insurance or if they will lose coverage they already have. “It’s important for consumers to know the 2018 marketplace opens for business Nov. 1,” said Molly Moffett, program manager for Enroll Wyandotte. “Despite recent changes, nothing will stop the upcoming open enrollment from happening. Insurers have already established their 2018 plans.” Eligibility for Advance Premium Tax Credits and cost-sharing reductions, which help lower monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs, are also still available for 2018 coverage. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land and insurers are required to offer these savings to consumers who are eligible. What is new this year is the enrollment period is much shorter. Reduced from 90 days to only 45 days, Marketplace enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, 2017. “With only six weeks to enroll, consumers need to act now and schedule an appointment with a trained assister,” said Jim Torres, marketplace program manager at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. “Our help is free and preparing early will help consumers avoid enrollment delays that could arise later.” To ensure enrollment goes smoothly, consumers applying for Marketplace coverage need to gather the following information and bring it to their first visit.