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Encinitas residents reminded about Affordable Care Act enrollment period

ENCINITAS, CA – Encinitas residents planning to sign up for, change, or update their health insurance for 2018 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have until December 15 to do so. This is a shorter enrollment period than previous years, which is why it is important to act quickly.

Enrollment can be done on www.healthcare.gov. Free, expert help is available for those who have questions about signing up or who wish to talk through various options. Call center representatives are available at (800) 318-2596.

“There has been some confusion over whether or not the ACA is still available, and there has been little publicity over the shortened enrollment period,” explained Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “That’s why the city is stepping up its efforts to help spread the word that health care coverage is still available through the federal government for those who qualify. Public health is important for every city to safeguard. Unfortunately people throughout San Diego County are suffering from the Hepatitis A outbreak, which is entirely preventable with appropriate healthcare. The ACA provides the means for more people to have access to quality healthcare. Accidents happen and people get sick. It’s important that we do what we can to help our residents get the healthcare coverage that’s available.”

ACA coverage is available for anyone who does not have health care coverage through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, or other qualifying coverage. All plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions and preventative services. Plans and estimated prices based on income can be previewed online.

For more information, please visit www.healthcare.gov.