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Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Tool Kit for Nursing Faculty

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This toolkit was created for AACN members to enhance their understanding of the Health Insurance Marketplace and what it means for nurse educators, students, and patients. The resources below were designed for faculty and student use. To suggest additional resources for this page, please contact Bianca Singh, AACN’s Policy Assistant at

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is a nonpartisan organization that serves to educate and advocate for sound health policy. AACN views federal advocacy as having an integral role in the ability to shape, advance, and promote a professional nursing workforce that meets America’s healthcare needs.

While AACN did not take an official position on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Public Law No: 111-148], the organization supported a number of provisions that improved nursing education, research, and practice. AACN’s leadership recognizes the responsibility to educate our constituents about the law and what the Marketplace means for clinical practice, faculty, students, and patients. To review these provisions,

Open Enrollment: 2017

Open Enrollment for 2017 begins on November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017.

The 2017 open enrollment period will mirror that of the traditional health insurance market as much as possible. Therefore, consumers who take no action will be automatically reenrolled in their current plan. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging all consumers to log into their accounts starting November 1, 2016 to update their information for 2017 and compare plans. With many new issuers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace for the upcoming enrollment period, consumers may be able to find new plans which suit their specific needs better in some way. View more information on transitioning to 2017 coverage.

Consumers receiving the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC) should log into the system and update their information for 2017 during the open enrollment period. Those who do not take action will not be automatically dropped from the program, however. Consumers whose tax data indicates they are likely still eligible will be auto-enrolled in their same plan for 2017 with their APTC unchanged from 2016. Efforts will be made to reach out to those who did not allow access to their tax data in the system or whose tax data indicates there may be a change in eligibility to ensure updated information. See additional details.

resources for faculty

From Coverage to Care: Your Guide to Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace
View this slideshow.




Success by the Numbers: 2016 Open Enrollment
Watch this video to learn about the numbers behind 2016 Open Enrollment.



Where Can I Find Out More Information about the ACA?

Basic Information about the Affordable Care Act


Additional Information on Marketplace Enrollment

Information for Special Populations

State-Based Information

Strategic guidance and review of the original Tool kit’s outline was provided by AACN’s inaugural class of Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows (2013-2014).