So this is a big week, and I know that there are a lot of questions. I’ve been posting a lot about Affordable Care Act and reminding everyone that open enrollment was coming soon. IT’S HERE!
Okay but there are some complications. If you have visited http://www.healthcare.gov , you may have noticed that it is hard to get in and there are so many other glitches right now. The best I can say is that we have no answer for when things will be fixed. The good news is that we still have a lot of time, so we just need to be patient right now. If you have an appointment scheduled with us for assistance in the next two weeks we will keep you updated. We are testing the site on a daily basis and contacting our appointments if we need to reschedule.
Other questions about ACA that have come up are in regards to the government shutdown. 1) The marketplace still opened on October 1st. 2) You can still sign up for insurance even through the government shutdown.
There have been many other questions and concerns regarding the government shutdown. As an organization that is funded from many federal agencies we have been following this issue closely. At this time the biggest message that I want to share is that we are open and fully operating. None of our staff are furloughed. We are working with each of our funding sources to determine the exact impact on our funding, but are confident that we will not have any major negative impacts at this time. The biggest impact is that some of the grant management staff at the government level are furloughed which can make it a little more difficult to get questions answered when we have them.
As the government shutdown continues, we will updated you, but I mostly wanted to share with you the impact on AIHFS and to share that we are still open and have no indication that our services will be impacted.
If you want to do some reading or have specific questions about the shutdown you can visit http://www.usa.gov/shutdown.shtml or you can call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636)