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Affordable Care Act Marketplace enrollment period is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015

Through the Affordable Care Act, more accessible, affordable, quality health care is available to millions of Americans.

To Renew your Marketplace Coverage:

If you already have coverage from the Marketplace, it’s time to logon and renew your coverage. With an average of 25% more plans to choose from this year, you may find that you have more choices this year – a plan that saves you more money, offers more services, or includes more doctors. We’re making it simple. For most consumers who are renewing coverage, up to 90% of your application will already be pre-filled based on last year’s application.

It is easy to renew. There are 5 steps to renew your coverage:

  1. Review: Plans change, people’s lives change – review your coverage and application.
  2. Update: Look through each page of your application and update anything that's changed such as your household income. This is important – even if none of your information has changed, you might be eligible for lower costs than last year!
  3. Compare: Compare your current plan with other plans in your area. With more insurance plans on the market, consumers should shop and compare to see if there is a plan that saves them money, offers more services or includes more doctors. If you decide to stay in your current plan, follow the directions to search by the plan’s 14-digit ID – you can find the ID on the letter from your plan. Or, call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325) for help.
  4. Choose:  Choose a health plan for 2015. If you want to stay enrolled in your 2014 plan, you’ll need to use the plan ID in the letter you get from your health plan.
  5. Enroll: Make sure to review, update, compare and choose by December 15 to have any changes take effect on January 1. Contact your plan to confirm your enrollment. Make sure to pay your first premium on time.
    • NOTE: if you don't have coverage, visit the Marketplace to learn about the plans available in your area, to see what financial assistance is available and to get covered.

To Shop for Coverage and/or Receive Assistance:

  • Visit HealthCare.gov
  • Call our 24/7 call center: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325) there are 14,000 call center representatives ready to answer questions and help people stay covered or get the coverage they need. (Help is available in 150 different languages)
  • Find in-person assistance in your own community at localhelp.healthcare.gov
  • Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace & your new coverage options.

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.

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Founded in 1987, the Center on Aging is an interdisciplinary center, focused on improving the quality of life for an aging society through research, education, patient care, community service and institutional development. The Center engages in research related to stroke survivors and their caregivers, pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, health-related quality of life, and other aging-related topics. Gerontological nursing content is integrated into the nursing curriculum, and shared through workshops, online conferences, and community presentations. The Center advocates for quality patient care through the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program that serves over 250 assisted living and 93 nursing facilities in Harris County.

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The Consortium on Aging was established to lead UTHealth in meeting the challenge of providing quality health care for the growing elderly population in Houston. The Consortium is a university-wide collaborative effort that leverages the existing strengths and expertise of all the UTHealth schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Biomedical Informatics, and Biomedical Sciences. Focusing on aging-related interdisciplinary care, education, research, and community outreach, the role of the Consortium is to foster collaboration among the schools and centers of UTHealth

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The Geriatric and Palliative Medicine program has been developed to provide comprehensive specialty care targeted toward the needs of frail elderly persons. Our program is designed to include patients with memory or functional deficits; individuals with social situations that impact their care, those with mobility problems or stroke victims; those who require long term pain control and victims of elder abuse and neglect.

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The Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA) is part of a nationwide network coordinating supportive services for the elderly as mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and its subsequent amendments. The HCAAA plans and contracts services for senior citizens throughout Harris County. With the Area Agency on Aging acting as an advocate, awareness of the needs of the elderly increases through services that assist the elderly and their families with options that promote independence, well-being and dignity. The HCAAA's programs are tailored to meet the social, nutritional, educational and logistical needs of all Harris County residents age 60 and above. Nutrition services include the home-delivered meal program for the homebound elderly and the congregate meal program at senior centers throughout Harris County. HCAAA offers in-home services, caregiver training and other supportive services.

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The City of Houston multi-service centers provide various services to the different communities throughout the City of Houston. An example of these services is child care (day care), senior programs, rental space, etc. Agencies that are housed with in the centers provide services to the community. All of the agencies are not housed within all centers. When possible, links to the various service agencies have been provided.

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Sheltering Arms Senior Services' mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older adults through service, advocacy and support for caregivers. With your support, we make this dream a reality for as many seniors as possible.

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This page last updated on: December 18, 2014