Affordable Care Act Implementation Timeline
Phase out of Medicare drug coverage gap or "donut hole" begins. Learn more about the "donut hole".
Information about all insurance plans in the marketplace will becoome available and enrollment begins. If you are uninsured, you will need to enroll at this time.
Implementation of health insurance exchanges, an online marketplace for private insurance options, starts at this time. Also, expansion of Medicaid coverage to everyone under 133% of the federal poverty limit (approximately $14,000 for an individual and $29,000 for a family of four) in some states begins. To learn where your state stands on Medicaid Expansion, click here.
The Obama Administration announced the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), providing insurance options for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, will be delayed until 2015 in states where exchanges are run fully or in part by the federal government. Small business employees will still be able to get insurance, but the states have the option to limit that to one choice rather than a variety of plans for the first year of the Affordable Care Act implementation. If you work for or own a small business, this could affect you. The states running their own exchanges could choose to enact a similar delay. Those states are Oregon, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota, Utah, Massachusetts, California, Kentucky, Vermont, Idaho, Hawaii, Washington, Connecticut, Colorado, Rhode Island, Maryland and District of Colmbia. Learn more.
For a more detailed look at the Affordable Care Act implementation timeline, click here.
The National Health Council (NHC) has created a quick guide that answers the most common questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can view or download it here.
The PKD Foundation strives to provide our constituents with information to help them make well-informed choices about managing their disease and living with PKD. We've developed a list of the most common questions and concerns regarding private health insurance and Medicare. Learn more here. NEW!
There are four key health related areas which will be a focus with the next term of the Congress and Administration moving forward.