Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Join Bloggin' Mamas for #TakeCareChat Today

Getting married? Wanna save money? Confused about how new health coverage affects your family? Join Bloggin’ Mamas TODAY on Twitter from 1pm-2pm EST for a #TakeCareChat Twitter Chat to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA.  
They’re helping to raise awareness about the new coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance that's available, and there's also some fun non-insurance stuff! Since they’re going to be chatting about “qualifying life” events, they'll be joined by 2 guest experts: 
o   Wedding expert Dana LaRue (@brokeassbride), the author of “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide", will share tips about throwing a fantastic wedding on a budget.

o   Frugal maven Amiyrah Martin (@4hatsandfrugal) is a well-known African-American mom blogger expecting a new addition to her family and a firm believer in living a frugal lifestyle without deprivation.
Did you know that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for those under 35)?  One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a serious infection could cost thousands of dollars - don't risk it.
Open enrollment for marketplace coverage is set to begin again in the fall, but Medicaid and CHIP is open year-round, and special enrollment is ongoing.  As with other elements of the healthcare law, many of those eligible for coverage don’t understand all the details.
While the Health Insurance Marketplace doesn’t open until November 15th, some “qualifying life events” (like getting married, having a baby, adopting a child, moving, losing your current health insurance, and more) could allow you to get coverage now.
  • Am I eligible to enroll now? 
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are still available to everyone eligible throughout the year. People can enroll in a Marketplace plan if they've had a “qualifying life event” — meaning they've gotten married, had a baby, adopted a child, moved residences outside their coverage area, gained citizenship, left incarceration, or lost their health coverage. In most cases, once such an event occurs, a person has a 60-day window to get coverage.
o   More information about healthcare for newlyweds:
o   More information about healthcare for  new and expecting parents:
  • How do you enroll? Visit to learn how to enroll in health insurance and to get answers to common questions.  The site’s content is also shareable via Facebook and Twitter at Facebook/GetCoveredAmerica
  • What if I can’t afford health insurance? Financial help is available. In fact, over half of Americans under 35 could get covered for under $50 a month!  Use the “Get Covered Calculator” to see how much help you could qualify for to cover your monthly insurance cost. 
  • What if I need help?  If you get stumped with your application, no worries! Local help is available. Use the Get Covered America 101 page ( to find answers to the most commonly asked questions, or our locator tool to find an expert who can help.  When you enter your ZIP code, you'll get the names and phone numbers of experts who can help you complete your application and understand your health insurance options.
Disclosure:  This post is being shared as part of a Bloggin’ Mamas  Social Good campaign. Social Good campaigns are voluntary campaigns in which the blogger shares the post for no monetary compensation. 

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