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Deadline To Enroll For Healthcare Coverage This Year is March 31

March 18, 2014

For people interested in seeking coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act, they should review and fill out the Health Insurance Marketplace application to see if they qualify for:

  • Private health insurance. Plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care.
  • Reduced costs for a prospective health plan. Individuals can preview plans available in their areas to determine which might provide the best cost/benefit ratio based on household size and income..
  • Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs cover millions of families with limited income. For those who might qualify, will share information with your state agency and they’ll contact you. Many but not all states are expanding Medicaid in 2014 to cover more people; find out what Medicaid expansion means for you.

Initial Marketplace open enrollment ends March 31, 2014. For those who don’t enroll by that date, the next opportunity to obtain private health insurance through the Exchange Marketplace will be between November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Most people  are required to have health coverage in 2014 or be subject to pay a penalty on their 2015 income taxes.

Learn more about what the Affordable Care Act means for people with MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.