GETTING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THROUGH THE HEALTH EXCHANGE SYSTEM:
Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage is now open.
See if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period — so you can buy a private health plan through the Marketplace.
Apply for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — you can do this any time, all year. If you qualify you can enroll immediately.
Small businesses can apply for SHOP coverage any time, all year.
Members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of year. There is no limited enrollment period for these groups, and they can change plans as often as once a month.
Important: If you don’t have minimum essential coverage, you must either pay a fee or have an exemption from paying the fee.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined a bipartisan majority of colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in supporting H.R. 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act, legislation that seeks to extend the 2 percent payroll tax cut through the end of the year, as well as provide jobless benefits for the unemployed and preserve the reimbursement rate for doctors who serve Medicare patients. The legislation passed in the House on a 293-132 vote.
Washington, DC – Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced the availability of $20.6 million in grant funds for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Adult program. The purpose of these grants is to provide an employment-centered approach to reintegration.
Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2) today voted to prevent scheduled cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors and to maintain the current Medicare rates doctors are paid through 2011. Absent this action by Congress, the rates were scheduled to be cut by 25% on January 1.
Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2) today presented a check for $6.2 million to Valley Healthcare Systems, Inc. (VHSI). The funds were awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today praised the immediate benefits of health care reform following the bill’s White House signing ceremony. Bishop attended this morning’s ceremony.
“There are misconceptions that the benefits of the legislation do not go into effect until 2014, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for the next four years,” Bishop said. “That claim is simply false. With the legislation’s enactment today, Georgians of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds will benefit immediately.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today sent a response to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue following the Governor’s March 18, 2010, letter expressing his concern about the health care reform legislation. To see Congressman Bishop’s letter, please click here.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the health care reform legislation:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today announced his support for the final health care reform legislation that will come before the House for a vote on Sunday, March 21.
“I have decided to support the health reform legislation because it represents an historic opportunity to make health care more accessible and affordable now and into the future,” Bishop said. “I base this decision not on what is popular, but on what I believe is in the best interest for Georgia’s Second Congressional District both in the short and long-term.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,208,700 in grant funding for Southwest Georgia Health Care, Inc. (Richland, Ga.) to support construction and renovation projects, create new job opportunities in construction and health care and provide care for additional patients in an underserved rural community of Southwest Georgia. The grant is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Stimulus bill”).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted today in favor of H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act, which will repeal a 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for January 2010 and replace it with a stable system to guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to enjoy the same access to care that they have today.