Fact #1 Open Enrollment for 2015 individual health insurance plans begins November 15, 2014. Fact #2: You may apply for coverage outside the dates of Open Enrollment if you have a qualifying event. Fact #3: All individual and small group health insurance plans effective on or after January 1, 2014 must include coverage for 10 essential health benefits — things like preventive care, well visits to the doctor, hospitalization, etc.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all qualified health insurance plans (except grandfathered plans purchased prior to March 23, 2010 and still in place) include coverage for ten essential health benefits. That does not mean these medical services are necessarily free, merely that your health insurance will cover some or all of the cost. But certain preventive services are free. This means your health insurance must cover 100% of