Health Centers Getting the Word Out on Open Enrollment
Health centers across Pennsylvania are working to ensure that individuals get the help they need to sign up for coverage during open enrollment. Some examples:
- Family First Health . The health center is offering free group enrollment sessions during open enrollment to help individuals navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace in York, Gettysburg and Hanover. Spanish assistance will be available.
- Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley . The health center is combining a registration event with a health fair with free screenings and flu shots on Nov. 10 at the Allentown Public Library.
Check out our help and resource section on PACHC's webpage entitled, Outreach and Enrollment Navigator Hub. This resource page will keep enrollment assisters, both Navigators and certified application counselors (CACs) up-to-date on information and materials for Open Enrollment and beyond. Links to Marketplace insurer webinar presentations, FAQs and sharable videos are available. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Tia Whitaker, statewide director, outreach and enrollment.
New Feature on Healthcare.gov
On Healthcare.gov Find Local Help, there is a button, Help on Demand, that allows a consumer to be contacted by an agent or broker. The Help on Demand button allows consumers to request real-time assistance from available Marketplace-registered agents and brokers in their area. The Help on Demand button went live last open enrollment (OE 5) and is available year-round. This was discussed in Week 1 of the Assister Readiness Webinar Series.
Open Enrollment - Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2018
The Health Insurance Marketplace opened after scheduled
Healthcare.gov maintenance on Nov. 1. Consumers are now able to log in, create accounts, select plans and make their first premium payment. Insurers are offering a variety of plans, some with expanded options. The message to consumers is "Shop, Shop, Shop. Shop now. Review networks and compare."