Access to Health Care

Talk to Your Patients About the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

As a family physician, you have the opportunity to help your patients understand the changing health care landscape so they can make coverage decisions that are appropriate for their health care needs. During patient visits, discuss the insurance options available through the marketplace and remind them to enroll.

Advocating for Health Care Access

The AAFP is active in advocating for access to health care. Learn how we're working at the federal and state levels to promote accessible primary care for all.

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Enrollment for Coverage

Patients can enroll for health insurance coverage during open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace( The Health Insurance Marketplace offers uninsured patients options to research, compare, and purchase comprehensive health insurance plans.

Marketplace Overview

  • Low-cost coverage options are available through the marketplace.
  • All marketplace plans offer a comprehensive set of essential benefits
  • Plans can no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
  • People who don't have health care coverage will have to pay a fee

Essential Benefits Covered

  • Outpatient care
  • Trips to the emergency room
  • Hospital treatment
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health care services
  • Pediatric health care services
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Care for injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions
  • Lab tests

Preventive Services Covered

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