Free Health Care Enrollment Event

By January 8, 2014News

With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, many uninsured and underinsured members of our community are looking to enroll in a health insurance plan. To assist individuals in finding a suitable plan, Marion Public Health is hosting a free health care enrollment event on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 181 S. Main Street from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The event will also include an Affordable Care Act Public Presentation from 5 PM- 6PM. This event is organized by the Ohio For Health, a program of the  Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

Free application assistance is provided by trained health care Navigators and certified application counselors. Residents interested in making an appointment for the enrollment event can call Ohio For Health at 1-800-648-1176 or visit ohioforhealth.org. Ohioans can visit sites visit www.healthcare.gov to apply on their own.

Thomas Quade, Health Commissioner for Marion Public Health adds “while we work to promote health, one of our other goals is to increase access to care when illness and injuries do occur. Healthcare without health insurance is especially costly to those without insurance, to those who provide treatment without payment, and to those with health insurance whose rates are impacted by uninsured care of others. Marion Public Health is proud to host this enrollment program and hope those that need it will come in and get some assistance with their enrollment. ”

Through the Health Insurance Marketplace set up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). Open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014.

Contact: Gwen Janeczek, Director of Nursing, Marion Public Health (740) 692-9123 or email gwen.janeczek@odh.ohio.gov

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CA-NAV-13-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.