Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that have rolled out over four years and beyond. Read more about key features of the law provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The George Mason Student Health Insurance Plan is structured to meet federal mandates set forth by the ACA. Read more about the Student Health insurance plan.
Under the Affordable Care Act many young adults who cannot get coverage through their jobs can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 – a change that has already helped 3.1 million young adults get health coverage (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). Why should I get health insurance?
At www.healthcare.gov you can learn what the Health Insurance Marketplace is, who can apply for insurance, how to get insurance, how to lower your costs, and more. To be eligible to enroll in a Marketplace, you must live in its service area. You must also be a U.S. citizen or national, or be a non‐citizen who is lawfully present in the U.S. for the entire period for which enrollment is sought.
November 1: Open Enrollment Starts—first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change an insurance plan. Coverage can start as soon as January 1.
December 15: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start in January.
January (after open enrollment): Coverage starts for those who enroll.
After open enrollment, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a special enrollment period or life event, like getting married, losing other coverage for having a baby.
Commonly Asked Questions
Student Health Insurance
- Aetna Customer Service 1-800-878-1945
- Glossary of Insurance Terms
2017-2018 Plan Documents and Benefits Summary (scroll down on Aetna webpage)
2016-2017 Plan Documents and Benefits Summary (scroll down on Aetna webpage)
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30pm, Friday 12:30 – 4:30pm
Phone: (703) 993-2827 or (703) 993-7634
Address: Student Union Building (SUB) I, Rooms 2345 & 2349
4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA, 22030