Get to Know the Facts About the Health Insurance Marketplace

14 facts about the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace makes it easier to find quality, affordable coverage. Millions of Americans have already gotten coverage, many for the first time.

Here are 14 things you should know about the Marketplace:

  1. No matter what state you live in, you can use the Marketplace. Some states operate their own Marketplace, and in other states the Marketplace is run by the federal government. You can sign up for 2015 Marketplace coverage as soon as November 15, 2014.
  2. Health insurance plans offered through the Marketplace are run by private companies.
  3. Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.
  4. You can compare your options in the Marketplace and see what your premium, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs will be before you make a decision to enroll.
  5. After you fill out a Marketplace application you’ll learn if you’re eligible for lower costs on your monthly premiums. Most people who apply for health coverage through the Marketplace will qualify for some kind of savings.
  6. You can apply for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the Marketplace any time of year. These programs provide free or low-cost coverage to millions of Americans with limited incomes, disabilities, and certain family situations.
  7. If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you may apply for health coverage through the Marketplace outside the Open Enrollment Period.
  8. Insurance plans offered through the Marketplace can’t deny you coverage because of pre-existing conditions like cancer or diabetes, and they can’t charge women and men different premiums.
  9. In the Marketplace, you generally can get dental coverage as part of a health plan or by itself through a separate, stand-alone dental plan.
  10. You must report certain qualifying life changes to the Marketplace, such as if you get married or divorced, have a child or adopt a child, or have a change in your income. After you report life changes to the Marketplace, you’ll get a new eligibility notice that will explain if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and lower costs.
  11. Members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Natives can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of year, and they can change plans as often as once a month.
  12. If you have an income-generating business with no employees, you’re considered self-employed and can get coverage through the Marketplace.
  13. Even if you have access to a student health plan, you can choose to buy a health plan through the Marketplace instead. You may qualify for lower costs based on your income.
  14. If you don’t agree with a decision the Health Insurance Marketplace makes, like whether you’re eligible to buy a plan or whether you’re eligible for lower costs based on your income, you may be able to appeal the decision.

Shared from the Blog posted September 24, 2014

The Advocacy Alliance is seeking a Manager of Quality Assurance for our DuBois Office

Manager of Quality Assurance

We are seeking a Manager of Quality Assurance to work in our office located in DuBois PA. This administrative position will assure that contracted providers and Program staff meet the Quality Management Plan.

Educational/Professional Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years quality management experience.

Responsibilities: (pursuant to assignment)

  • Oversee and monitor the internal Quality Management Plan;
  • Perform monthly monitoring visits/meetings to assure that contracted providers and Program staff are in compliance with the Quality Management Plan;
  • Collect, study and analyze data to track trends to prepare recommendations to present to the Executive Committee on changes in policies and procedures as needed;
  • Monitor the State Plans regarding services for individuals with mental illness and individuals with developmental disabilities; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Commitment: to the Alliance mission and values;
  • Leadership: demonstrated ability to work with the Executive Team;
  • Knowledge: thorough understanding of Quality Assurance and Measurement; and
  • Communication: excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and verbal.

Salary with benefits to commensurate with experience. Please reply in confidence to one of the following:

Mail to:
The Advocacy Alliance
Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer
846 Jefferson Avenue
P.O. Box 1368
Scranton, PA 18501


Equal Opportunity Employer

Autism Speaks Announces 2014 iPad Grant Application is Open!

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that the application for our annual iPad award program is now open!

1,176 iPad 4s will be given to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. We are also including a Kraken A.M.S. case, by Trident Case with each iPad!

Eligible applicants are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad

Technology Grant Timeline:

November 10: Online Application Opens
November 14: Application Closes at 11:59PM EST
November 17 – December 5: Review Committee Selects Recipients
December 9: Recipients Announced and iPads sent out!

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 4 will be contacted on December 9. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.

Click here to apply!

You must create a login and further instructions will be provided. Note: Only applicants in the United States will be considered. We cannot accept applications from outside the United States.

Questions or comments?  Contact us at or (888) 288-4762.

Autism Speaks would like to thank Trident Case  for their generous donation of Kraken A.M.S. cases.


PMHCA is looking for a Suicide Prevention Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

Contractor Title: Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Position Summary: Contract entails assisting the Coalition’s Board of Directors in meeting the obligations of its current contracts. Contract work will be for approximately 20 hours/week and will start as soon as possible and will end June 30, 2015.

Tasks will include:

  • Ensuring contracted work is completed
  • Managing awareness campaign – Drive Out Suicide
  • Coordinating training events
  • Updating the AOASPC website in collaboration with the Coalition’s webmaster
  • Coordinate awareness events such as professional sports venues, etc.
  • Managing the mailing list and sending emails to Coalition members
  • Responding to member requests for information
  • Posting regular updates and information on Facebook
  • Assisting in the merging of the Coalition with the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
  • Attending and supporting all Coalition committee meetings (via conference call)
  • Ensuring all deadlines for the Coalition’s contracts are met
  • Providing at least monthly reports of the status of all projects
  • Completing other duties as may arise

Travel across Pennsylvania will be required. Mileage and overnights will be reimbursed after prior-approval.
Ideal candidate will possess a passion for suicide prevention, experience in managing multiple projects with varying deadlines, be comfortable using computers, familiar with Facebook and comfortable learning new software. Candidate must be able to work with minimal supervision in the performance of his/her responsibilities. The qualified candidate will also possess excellent organizational and planning skills. Candidate will have a proven history of building collaborative relationships in the community. Experience pertaining to suicide prevention services is preferred. Individual must be internally motivated and able to keep on task while working. Excellent public speaking and written communication skills, valid PA Driver’s License and access to transportation are also required. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and compensation requirements by November 14, 2014 via e-mail to: Rebecca May-Cole or Govan Martin, Co-chairs at

For more job listings, visit the Job Bank on the PMHCA website.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania
PMHCA, 4105 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
Web site:

Join us on the road to recovery!