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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On January 31st, the open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly known as the Obamacare exchange) will come to a close. Between now and then, if you do not receive health insurance through your employer or some other method like Medicare and Medicaid, you should explore your state’s marketplace to see what plans make the most sense for you.

That’s where we can help. We understand that navigating your marketplace can be confusing and time-consuming, particularly for people who have the added concern of cancer in their lives. To address this concern, we partnered with several other organizations to create the Cancer Insurance Checklist. The Checklist was designed to help people who have cancer, have a history of cancer, or are at risk for cancer compare their available options to pick the best plan for them.

The Checklist covers many common concerns, using the coverage you need to determine the most cost-effective way to receive it. It takes the overwhelming task of choosing between several viable options and boils it down to the simple pros and cons of each based on your budget.

For 2017, people who don’t get health insurance either on the marketplace or elsewhere will have to pay either 2.5% of their household income or $695 per adult and $348 per child in their household, whichever is higher. Because of this, it is important to act quickly to ensure that you have the time to make an informed decision about your health insurance future before the January 31st deadline.

Having the right insurance plan can dramatically ease your load when dealing with cancer. We urge you to check out our Cancer Insurance Checklist and explore all your options. If you have any questions about the Checklist or about your insurance options generally, please call our Cancer Support Helpline.