Last year’s hurricanes were devastating for many Americans, including Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders who moved to the states to attempt to rebuild their lives. People who relocated from the islands to the mainland may be eligible for a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicare.
The deadline to enroll in coverage during this SEP is March 31.
It is important to start the enrollment process for coverage right away. Call 1-800-318-2596 to speak with an enrollment assister who can determine if you are eligible to apply for coverage during this SEP. An assister can also walk you through the steps to enroll in coverage that best meets the health care needs of you and your family.
You may also qualify for Medicaid coverage, which is available year-round. Medicaid eligibility varies by state, and those who were enrolled in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands will need to, at minimum, re-enroll in the appropriate program in their new state.
In addition to helping you understand the available ACA marketplace health care plans, an enrollment assister can determine your Medicaid eligibility and advise you how to enroll or re-enroll in the right program.
Last month, UnidosUS joined the National Association of Community Health Centers and Florida and Pennsylvania-based community organizations to connect people from the islands with resources and information about health care services in their new states.
Click here for a webinar that has more information on how to connect to health care services in your new community.
If you experienced devastation from the hurricanes last year, you may have until March 31 to enroll in health care coverage that best fits your needs.
Don’t wait! Call 1-800-318-2596 today to see if you are eligible and take advantage of this limited opportunity to enroll in health care coverage for you and your family.