It should come as no surprise that the upcoming open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a large source of stress for organizations that provide health care benefits along with individual musicians and arts managers responsible for purchasing their own insurance. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to recommend along the lines of resources to help alleviate that anxiety.
Manufactured instability in the healthcare marketplace along with drastic cuts to education and support resources are going to make the already truncated enrollment period even more frustrating.
I’ve spent the last week researching online resources nonprofit organizations and individuals can use to help shed some light on all this uncertainty and unfortunately, the well is nearly dry.
Missionbox.com has a very basic overview that was last updated September 2017 but it doesn’t have any specific information about what sorts of updates were made nor does it clarify what to anticipate for 2018.
Nonprofitquarterly.com has a good opinion post on how repeal and replace could impact the nonprofit sector as a whole but nothing substantive on considerations for navigating the impending uncertainties. Service organizations are dry as well.
The best resource available right now is for those purchasing individual and/or family insurance directly. Those individuals can visit healthcare.gov/see-plans to preview plans and costs but consider it window shopping since the final figures won’t be available until open enrollment begins and you submit a completed application on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
If you’ve come across anything useful, take a moment to share a link to the resource in the comments.