Get ready to apply for health insurance coverage! Enrollment for 2015 coverage opens on November 15, 2014, but you don’t have to wait until then to start getting the information you need to make the right choice. Here are some ways to get started:
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This week, SAMHSA released its strategic plan for the next four years, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015 – 2018 (Leading Change 2.0).
Joseph Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) of Dallas, Texas, grew up during the civil rights movement. He and his eight siblings experienced violence inside and outside their home and Powell began using alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with life.“Growing up in poverty and with the constant fear of violence contributed to my addiction. My family didn’t have access to the behavioral health benefits that are now covered under the Affordable Care Act. I’m grateful that families like mine can now receive the prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders that I didn’t have,” Powell said.
The average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000. The average cost of a visit to the emergency department is $969,1 which is more than an average American pays in rent each month.2 Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 4 community hospital stays involves a mental and/or substance use disorder?3 Individuals without health insurance have to pay the full cost of all their health care expenses and, if not covered in 2014, may have to pay a fee. However, health coverage can protect you from high, unexpected medical costs.
More Americans every day are finding quality, affordable coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Today, we announced that enrollment in the Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million. These numbers demonstrate that our aggressive outreach is helping to make a difference –with millions of Americans now enjoying the peace of mind that comes with new coverage.
Cross-posted from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Buzz BlogBy Jodi G. Daniel, JD, MPH, Director, Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)This is one in a series of blog posts to coincide with National Health IT Week. To follow the conversation on Twitter, look for the #NHITweek hashtag.