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Affordable Care Act

Exciting changes are coming to health care. Starting October 1, 2013, you can enroll in a new, more affordable health insurance plan. We're here to help.

At a Glance

  • Planned Parenthood and Insurance
  • What Does the ACA Mean for You?
  • ACA Enrollment in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington  
  • Resources

Planned Parenthood and Insurance

There’s been a lot of talk about the health care law, sometimes called “Obamacare,” and many people are wondering what it’s all about. The law was passed to help millions of people who are uninsured get more affordable health insurance. It also includes new benefits for all Americans.

Health Insurance is a product you purchase to pay for health care costs. Nobody plans to get sick or injured, but accidents and illness happen. With insurance, you have the peace of mind of knowing you can get the care you need when you need it without huge medical bills. Insurance is a smart investment, even for healthy people.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) has always accepted patients' insurance plans to help pay for the services they receive. Now with the Affordable Care Act, even more Americans will have access to more affordable health insurance. 

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for You?

The health care law has many new benefits for our patients. Here are a few of them:

  • You can get prescription birth control for free (no copay).
  • You can get annual well-woman exams, as well as HIV and STD screenings, for free (no copay).
  • Insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, like diabetes or cancer.
  • You cannot be charged more for insurance simply because you’re a woman.

All of our patients, who do not have insurance through an employer can purchase health insurance through a state “exchange” – a virtual shopping mall that only sells health insurance plans.  The plans fall into 4 categories: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.  Platinum will cost the most – and have the best coverage.  But less expensive plans might provide the health care coverage you need at a price that is right for you. Depending on your income, the Federal government will help you pay for your insurance.  Obamacare really does mean affordable healthcare.

ACA Enrollment in Alaska, Idaho and Washington

Planned Parenthood is here to help you understand what these changes mean for you.
We can help you with things like what to consider if you sign up for a new health insurance plan and how to enroll. PPGNW will have ASSISTERS at many of our health centers to help you understand your options for health insurance, and provide assistance in enrolling in a plan. 

If you are interested in talking to an assister or setting up an appointment for enrollment assistance: Call 206-320-7610 or send an email to ipa@ppgnw.org.  Include your zip code, and someone will get back to you.

Resources

Enroll in Washington: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/
Enroll in Idaho: http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/
Enroll in Alaska: https://www.healthcare.gov/

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at plannedparenthoodhealthinsurancefacts.org
Already have insurance? Get the facts, share your story, and let your elected officials know you care about health insurance at obamacareworks.org


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