The Affordable Healthcare Act Will Cover Gay Spouses(NJ Deadline 3/31/14)

Sources: TalkingPointsMemo.com, hhs.gov
(According to)…Matthew Heintz MD, Director Of Provider And LGBT Outreach at the Department of Health and Human Services…health insurance offered through Obamacare must cover same-sex married couples the same as they would opposite-sex married couples starting in 2015…The new requirement applies to all legally married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live…
The move follows others taken by the administration to broaden benefits to same-sex married couples in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that the federal government would recognize legal same-sex marriages regardless of the couple’s current residence…
Already, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Marketplace plans cover essential health benefits like emergency services, prescription drugs and mental health and substance use disorder services. And preventive services like flu shots, blood pressure screening and HIV screening are covered at no additional charge.
Moreover, all health plans sold in the Marketplace have to follow rules that make health care more accessible for everyone. You can’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, like HIV/AIDS or cancer, and you can’t be charged more for being a woman.
…(S)tarting next year, if an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses. In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.
You can learn just how affordable coverage can be. Across the country, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans can get covered for $100 per month or even less – some for a lot less. And legally married same-sex couples are treated equally for purposes of financial assistance when purchasing coverage in the Marketplace, regardless of where they live.
Don’t delay, sign up today at HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment ends March 31st, 2014. You can sign up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at HealthCare.gov or 1-800-318-2596. You can even get in-person help in your own community (just visit LocalHelp.healthcare.gov and punch in your zip code).

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