Monday September 16th 2019

Help America get covered

Oct. 1 is an important day in the life of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Through the marketplace, millions of Americans who currently lack health insurance will be able to purchase affordable coverage to help them get healthy and stay healthy.

Open enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. Consumers can enroll online at, by phone at (800) 318-2596, or in person at local health centers and other facilities. Plans and prices are available. Coverage starts as soon as Jan. 1, 2014.

As the most trusted sources of health information, nurses are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in this next phase of ACA implementation by sharing information with patients, communities and fellow nurses.

Additionally, the ACA offers increased opportunities for nurses to provide more services to patients. ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in a recent interview, “I foresee the ACA creating opportunities where nurses are going to be more utilized in the areas where they’ll most benefit the patients. So that means an increased emphasis on services where nurses have been educated and licensed to perform — where we really do what nursing is about: primary care, care coordination, chronic disease management, patient education. Those are unique competencies that nurses bring to our practice. I would say we’re using those competencies in a much more effective and efficient way.”

To help answer any questions that you or your patients may have about the Health Insurance Marketplace, access these publications and resources online.

For health care providers

•  Ten things providers need to know
•  Ten things to tell your patients
•  Training materials and presentations

For consumers (Spanish:

•  Health Insurance Marketplace basics
•  State-specific information
•  Resources in other languages

Social media resources (Spanish: on Twitter, @HealthCareGov (Spanish: @CuidadoDeSalud).

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