Atlanta, GA- Starting on October 1, 2013, more than 803,000 Georgians can start to enroll in health coverage with unprecedented financial help so that comprehensive insurance becomes affordable, according to a new analysis by the consumer health organization Families USA.
Georgians that enroll will receive this help effective January 1, 2014.
The new financial help through the Affordable Care Act becomes available for middle- and moderate-income people who do not have meaningful employer-sponsored health coverage. The financial help extends to four-person families with annual incomes below $94,200 and individuals with annual incomes below $45,960.
Individuals newly eligible for financial help can receive that help through the new health insurance marketplace, which becomes operational on October 1. They can enroll in coverage and receive substantial premium subsidies; the size of the subsidies will vary, with those needing greater help receiving larger subsidies.
A key provision of the new law that will also go into effect January 1st prohibits insurance companies from denying health coverage, or charging high and discriminatory premiums, to people with pre-existing health conditions. On October 1st, an estimated 4,324,000 Georgians with a pre-existing health condition can start to enroll in coverage through the health insurance marketplace without facing discrimination.
To enroll starting on October 1, Georgians can visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. A number of state organizations, listed at http://go.cms.gov/1a8su1q will be available to provide in-person assistance to consumers to make the enrollment process easy.