The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Your Health

Mississippi's underserved populations are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy. This lack of access to quality health care has been a major factor in the state's health disparity. By providing greater access to preventive health services, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a major step toward greater health equity in the U.S. and in Mississippi.

Covered Preventive Services

If you have a new health insurance plan, or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the following preventive services will be covered — without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. (This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.)

For All Adults

For Women

For Children

If just five services — colorectal and breast cancer screening, flu vaccination, and counseling on regular aspirin use and quitting tobacco — were utilized effectively, 100,000 deaths could be averted each year.

Health Insurance Choices

If you have health insurance already, the Affordable Care Act does not require you to change it. If you do not have insurance yet, you are free to choose health insurance from any private provider that you like.

Special Groups: The ACA also makes alternatives to private insurance available for young adults and for those with pre-existing conditions.

Getting Help and Learning More

Enrollment Assistance

Certified Insurance Exchange Navigators are available to give personal guidance to any Mississippian interested in obtaining insurance.

Certified Application Counselors and Navigator are available throughout the state to help you enroll in the Marketplace or answer your questions. Find one in your area at localhelp.healthcare.gov

Educational Events

MSDH partners with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to provide community instruction on the ACA, and in-person help with signing up. Events are regularly scheduled around Mississippi.

For more information on these and upcoming events, call 601-206-1540, or send e-mail to Victoria.Walker@msdh.ms.gov

More Information About the Affordable Care Act

2015 Enrollment Period Important Dates

  • November 15, 2014: Open Enrollment starts - the first day you can apply for 2015 coverage
  • December 15, 2014: The last date to enroll for coverage that starts January 1, 2015
  • December 31, 2014: Date when all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled
  • January 1, 2015: The date 2015 coverage can start if you apply by December 15, 2014, or if you accept automatic enrollment in your 2014 plan or a similar plan
  • February 15, 2015: The last day to enroll in 2015 coverage. If you miss this deadline, you can’t sign up for a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace for the rest of 2015. The only exception is if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

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Last reviewed on May 31, 2013

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