CAHC in the News: ACA Open Enrollment Begins – WABI coverage


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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) Representatives from Maine health care organizations joined together to let Mainers know that today is the first day of open enrollment to sign up for Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance.

The open enrollment period runs through December 15th.

They highlighted some of the available resources to help Mainers decide which plan is best for them.

We’re told that more than 80% of Mainers that enrolled in Marketplace coverage last year received financial assistance.

“We also want to make sure that people know that all the financial assistance that was available last year is still available this year, including both the tax credits that lower the cost of monthly premiums as well as the cost-sharing reductions that lower the costs of deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs,” says Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager for Consumers for Affordable Health Care.

The help line to help you choose the best plan for you is 1-800-965-7476.


Resources List:

Federal Resources:
Marketplace Call Center: 1-800-318-2596
This federal website provides information about available plans and also can help you find local help near you.

Maine Resources:
Consumers for Affordable Health Care’s Toll-free Consumer Assistance: Call 1-800-965-7476 for toll-free and face-to-face consumer assistance.

Western Maine Community Action: Call 1-855-806-7333 to find a navigator near you.

MaineHealth: Call 1-833-284-8816 to be directed to free, in-person assistance through MaineHealth’s centralized Access to Care Coverage Team and see attached listing for information on hospitals providing assistance.

Federally Qualified Health Centers: Visit to locate a health center near you where face-to-face assistance can be accessed.

Application tips to consider when applying for coverage:

  • Make sure you are using the site (not, for example, or when enrolling in a plan.
  • Have the names of your primary care and other regular providers written down and on hand when exploring plans or when talking to someone assisting you in choosing a plan.
  • Make sure you have a list of all your prescription drugs, including doses.
  • Proof of income – either tax forms or pay stubs.
  • Information about other coverage available to you, such as insurance offered through an employer.