Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment 2018

by Andrea Levario

What LGBTQ people need to know.

Today marks the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you don’t have insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid or another source, then you’ll want to sign-up for health coverage between November 1 and December 15.

Despite reckless efforts by Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and some congressional Republicans,  the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Millions of Americans will continue to have access to quality health insurance and cannot be denied if they have a preexisting medical condition such as cancer, HIV, or high blood pressure.

If you currently have coverage through one of the ACA marketplaces, you have the opportunity to renew or choose a new one during the open enrollment period. Some Americans aren’t sure if they can enroll, but many are eligible for the affordable options it makes available. Financial assistance may also be available, depending on your income level. All the details can be found at

Unfortunately, the Trump administration has limited the enrollment period and cut funding for outreach to individuals who may need health insurance. Many LGBTQ people rely on the Affordable Care Act for life-saving care, and HRC is ensuring that you know the facts about open enrollment and how to #GetCovered.

Again, the deadline for enrollment through is December 15. If you reside in one of the 11 states or Washington, D.C. that operate their own health exchange the deadline may differ.  

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