THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Dear Rhode Islander,

Rhode Island’s health care marketplace and website, HealthSource RI, is making a difference for Rhode Islanders.  In fact, since 2012, the uninsured rate in Rhode Island has dropped from 11% to 5%.

You can enroll in a health insurance plan today by visiting HealthSourceRI.com.

New individuals and families must choose a plan and pay their first month’s premium by December 23, 2015 to ensure that their coverage begins on January 1, 2015.  If you are already enrolled in a health insurance plan through HealthSource RI, you can have your coverage automatically renewed by continuing to make your monthly premium payment, or you can shop for a new plan by visiting HealthSourceRI.com.  Open Enrollment ends on January 31, 2016.

Customers can begin or renew their coverage online at HealthSourceRI.com, over the phone at 1-855-840-4774, or by dropping off their application at 70 Royal Little Drive in Providence, RI.  Although there will be no in-person enrollment assistance available at the drop-off center, HealthSource RI is sponsoring a number of enrollment assistance events throughout the state.  You can find a full calendar of events here.  You can also find a list of Certified Navigators who can also provide in-person assistance by appointment here. To receive guidance over the phone, you can call 1-855-840-4774.  The hotline is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Tuesday 8:30am-7pm.

You may also be interested to know that in 2014, nearly 9 out of 10 Rhode Islanders who purchased coverage through HealthSource RI received financial assistance to help pay for their coverage.  You can find more information about whether you qualify for a tax credit here or by checking out the Savings Calculator.

You, your family, and your business can find links to additional resources that you may find helpful below:

                            Additional Resources

Individuals & Families:

FAQs
Provider Directories
Tax Credit Info
Savings Calculator

Businesses:

Employer FAQs
Employee FAQs
How to Enroll
Savings Calculator

 

As always, my office is available to help you with questions you, your family, or your business may have about the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the HealthSource RI hotline, please feel free to call my office at 401-453-5294 with any questions or concerns.

I also hope you’ll take a moment to share your personal stories below. I’ve heard from many Rhode Islanders who have been able to afford health insurance for the first time in years, even decades, because of the Affordable Care Act.

Best regards,

Sheldon

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

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