Along with 26 other states, Ohio chose to utilize the federal health exchange, Healthcare.gov. And as research suggests, the state’s residents have responded well to Obamacare, with 234,341 people enrolling in policies during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period (OEP).
Even more impressive, a Gallup poll found that as of mid-2015, only 6.1 percent (about 600,000) of the state’s population was uninsured, compared to 2013’s 13.9 percent (about 1.2 million). Much of this reduction in uninsured people is due to Medicaid expansion. As a result, many lower- and middle-income Ohioans can now purchase affordable healthcare.
The bottom line is that in Ohio, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. No longer can people be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or unjustified financial obstacles. Instead, Ohio residents have direct access to the federally facilitated Marketplace. Here, they can research and compare quotes from various brokers and exchanges, while fulfilling the government’s requirements for coverage.
However, it’s important to note that you must purchase coverage during the Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which runs from November 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016. Failure to enroll by the deadline could mean you’ll owe a penalty.
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