Despite ongoing political theater, states – by law – will soon begin to offer new public or private health care insurance coverage to individuals unable to access insurance through an employer that will be effective January 1, 2014. Many states are setting up health insurance marketplaces and other states are allowing the federal government to run the marketplace.
These “marketplaces” are essentially a one-stop shop for the public to identify and purchase healthcare benefits according to coverage and cost. Open enrollment for this insurance begins nationwide October 1, 2013, and continues through March of 2014. Another round of open enrollment is scheduled for October of next year and will run through December. State-by-state information about the health insurance marketplaces for consumers can be found at www.healthcare.gov.
We understand that there may be some confusion about healthcare reform, including questions about the range of available benefits, costs of different insurance options and administration of these new plans. These questions can be even more challenging for cancer survivors who need to consider their complicated health history or risk factors and be especially mindful of the best type of insurance coverage for their particular situation.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation will continue to advocate for sound public policy to ensure that the health reform law is enacted effectively. At the same time, we will also continue to provide our navigation services to any cancer patient, survivor or loved one who needs support.
The Foundation will also be reaching out to assess patient experiences with healthcare reform and sharing real stories so stay tuned for how to be a part of the conversation.