I’m putting this in GQ because I want factual answers and not political opinions of any stripe. If it should be moved, I won’t be offended.
But as many of you know, the wife and I plan to move back to the US in a few months after 22 years living in and around Bangkok. I’ve been exempt from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act due to my overseas status. While I have carried health insurance over here, having left my office this week I am now without that, and the wife having retired from her government job I’m now off her policy too. (Spouses can be included under their other halves’ government plans only while the other half is actively employed by the government.) I am still covered by Thailand’s meager Social Security system and can fall back on that in case of emergency, and that will have to do until I get to the US.
So what do I need to know as a complete newbie? I already know I will be required to carry health insurance. I think there’s some sort of website I need to sign up on. Assuming I have to pay for my own policy once I get to the US and won’t have an employee plan, at least not for a while, what would I need to do after I step off the plane?