|Putnam County organizations to host free healthcare enrollment event|
|Wednesday, January 01, 2014 9:08 PM|
OTTAWA — With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, many uninsured and underinsured members of our community are looking to enroll in a health insurance plan.
Do you need help enrolling in a health insurance plan? Want to find out if you’re eligible for tax credits and subsidies to help you buy health insurance for your family?
Get free, one-on-one assistance with your health insurance options at an enrollment event from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Putnam County Public Library in Ottawa.
The Putnam County Health Department and Putnam County Job & Family Services are partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer this free health care enrollment event where residents have application assistance provided by trained health care Navigators and certified application counselors.
“Public health is tasked with helping to improve access to health care for all residents. As part of that mission, we are happy to partner with the Putnam County Job & Family Services and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to host an event that provides both education and assistance to residents about the Health Insurance Marketplace,” states Sherri Recker, director of nursing for the Putnam County Health Department.
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. Open enrollment will continue through March 31. Coverage began Wednesday for all individuals who enrolled prior to Dec. 15, 2013.
Residents interested in making an appointment with a Navigator for the enrollment event can call 1-800-648-1176. Ohioans can visit www.healthcare.gov to apply on their own. Those seeking help with enrolling can call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.ohioforhealth.org to find assistance.
About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2012, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 164 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank and as the lead implementer of a Navigator program to help connect Ohioans to programs that help. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook and visit them on the web at www.ohiofoodbanks.org.