It was supposed to be the country’s biggest secret, but the word has gotten out: the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has been opened. The time period has been shortened, however. Enrollment began November 1 and will be going only until December 15, 2017.

health connector logoMany AE members get their health insurance through their spouse. For those of you who don’t, there are two options: MassHealth (Medicaid) and market-rate health insurance available via the Mass Health Connector, including a new option for business. Here are links which provide information about your options:

Mass Health Connector (including business): https://www.mahealthconnector.org/

MassHealth (Medicaid, which in Massachusetts also includes the Childrens Health Insurance Program or CHIP): http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/

Arlington Entrepreneurs does not, alas, offer its own health care plans (affordable or otherwise). We are, however, doing our best to make sure we don’t lose what we have left. If any of you have questions about health care coverage, please contact Margy Rydzynski at margy AT arlingtonentrepreneurs DOT org. She will do what she can to find answers.

These are stressful days for many of us, especially when it comes to health insurance or any other social safety net programs. Call your representative in Congress to make sure they know what you need. Note also that the upcoming tax “reform” bill may try to sneak in cuts to the Affordable Care Act. Medicare and Medicaid may also be on the chopping block, if not now then in the future.

Success in business depends on planning and lots of personal initiative. So does protecting our benefits, now and in the future. We have a congressional delegation that supports our need for affordable, high quality health and other benefits. We need to let them know that we stand behind them, as  much as they are standing behind us.

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to sign up. None of us can afford to go without health insurance, even if we think we’re healthy enough to get along without it.