Archive for May, 2015

Finding a Doctor With Your New Health Insurance Plan

May 26, 2015

So you got covered — congrats! Now it’s time to find a doctor.

Your primary care doctor (sometimes called a general practitioner) will be your first stop when you are sick, hurt, or need a checkup. It’s a good idea to choose a primary care doctor now. That way, when you need care, you’re already a patient.

Here are a few things to think about when looking for a doctor:

  1. Do they accept your health insurance plan?
  2. Are they taking new patients?
  3. Do you prefer to see a male or female doctor?
  4. Do you need to see a doctor who speaks a certain language?
  5. Is their office in a location that is easy for you to visit?

If you find a doctor that you think you might like, you can make an appointment for a physical, or annual checkup. Remember: Preventive care is free. That means your annual checkup, well-woman visits, and more are covered — at no cost to you!




Ohio State of Enrollment Conferences

soe2015_logoEnroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices to achieve its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Join Enroll America for State of Enrollment events in July in Akron, Athens, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo and Youngstown. The purpose of these free events is to learn:
1. The latest information on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in your community;
2. How your organization can be part of the Outreach and Enrollment effort in your community; and
3. How you can provide direct enrollment assistance to uninsured people in your community.

Find out more details and RSVP to the event in your area at the links below.

July 13, 9:00am-12:00pm – Toledo

July 14, 9:00am-12:00pm – Lorain

July 14, 2:00pm-5:00pm – Cleveland

July 15, 9:00am-12:00pm – Akron

July 15, 2:00pm-5:00pm – Canton

July 16, 3:00pm-5:30pm – Youngstown

July 20, 9:00am-12:00pm – Cincinnati

July 21, 9:00am-12:00pm – Athens

July 22, 9:00am-12:00pm – Columbus

July 23, 2:00pm-5:00pm – Dayton

Approval of Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Continuing Education Credits is pending.

Statewide sponsor Molina Healthcare.

 

 




Convincing your boss to send you to the national SOE conference

May 21, 2015

The national State of Enrollment Conference is fast-approaching, if you haven’t already registered to attend, there is still time. But you must hurry, as space is very limited and it is sure to sellout.

If you are still trying to convince your boss to send you, here are some tips.

While they all making for convincing arguments, #2 is especially true – “You’ll be able to network with peers and partners from all sectors of the enrollment community.” After all, how often do you get the chance to learn from people from all across our state but also from places like Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Colorado and all places in between about the same work you are doing day to day?

If that’s not enough, then add the fact you’ll be hearing from HHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell who will be one of the featured speakers.

You can register at www.stateofenrollment.org. We look forward to seeing you June 10-12 in Washington DC.

 

 

 




Learn about the latest tools during free webinar

May 12, 2015

In an effort to keep you up-to-date on the latest tools which are available for you to use in your work, Enroll America is hosting a How Get Covered Data Fits into Your Efforts webinar on Thursday, May 14 at noon CST.

We invite you to join Enroll America’s National Partner Data Manager, John Malloy and National Training Director, Amy Keegan for a discussion on Get Covered Data (GCD) and how the system can complement your enrollment efforts.

With two successful enrollment periods behind us, Enroll America is proud to offer a comprehensive new suite of training and support services for partners. Many of these are focused on how to use sophisticated data targeting to enhance consumer outreach.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how GCD can fit into your program and how to maximize your resources to help consumers get covered and stay covered.

While the webinar is free, registration is required. To register, go here.

And please feel free to share this with others you may feel will benefit from this webinar.




What Every Ohio College Grad Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

COLUMBUS, OH — With graduation season upon us, many college graduates will have to make decisions about their health coverage for the first time. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. IF YOU’RE UNDER 26, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR PARENTS’ PLAN: If your parents’ plan covers children, you can be added to or kept on your parent’s health insurance policy until you turn 26 years old. You can still stay on the plan even if you are married, not living with your parents, not financially dependent on them, or if you are eligible to enroll in your employer’s plan.

If you are losing coverage when you turn 26, you will qualify for a special enrollment period beginning 60 days before the loss of coverage and ending 60 days after.

2. IF YOU CAN’T STAY ON YOUR PARENTS’ PLAN, GRADUATING FROM SCHOOL MAY QUALIFY YOU FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT: Finishing school may make you newly eligible to enroll via the Marketplace when the enrollment period is normally closed if you are losing coverage or moving outside your coverage area. Your special enrollment period is available up to 60 days from when you lose coverage or move.

3. IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET, HEALTH INSURANCE CAN BE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK: Financial help is available. This year, 84% of Ohioans who signed up got help paying for health insurance. You could too.

And while every plan must cover ten essential services – medications, emergency rooms visits, preventative care, and more – there are enough plans on the Marketplace that you can find a plan that fits your budget. So you can find a plan that won’t break your bank!

And, for many Ohioans, coverage through Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program is available. For those individuals making roughly $16,243 or less ($33,465 or less for a family of four), Medicaid provides free or low-cost coverage. Eligibility is based on income and family size.

4. IF YOU DON’T GET COVERED, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A FINE: The fine for not being covered in 2015 is to $325 per adult or 2% of your income – whichever is greater. In many cases, the fine alone is often more costly than getting covered. And the cost of the fine might not be your only worries. The average emergency room bill for something as small as a sprained ankle is $1,018—or 156 Chipotle chicken burritos. A broken arm on average costs $8,094!

5. THERE’S LOTS OF FREE, ONE-ON-ONE HELP TO GET YOU COVERED: Ohioans who want to find out more about their health coverage options through the Marketplace or Health Choices should schedule an appointment to meet with an enrollment expert in their community by calling 1-800-648-1176 or logging onto the Get Covered Connector at getcoveredamerica.org/connector.




Coming soon, the “Get Covered Academy”

May 8, 2015

We are super excited to announce the launch of our “Get Covered Academy.”

The goal of the Academy is to help partners from across the state not only learn, but incorporate research-based and proven methods of ACA outreach and enrollment  efforts into their work.

The “Get Covered Academy” will be a three-day, hands-on training. It will also include active support from a local Get Covered America coach during the length of open enrollment 3. The Academy will cover various topics including policy, digital outreach, grassroots organizing and much more.

Through two enrollment cycles, Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign has proven to be successful in helping to educate individuals about their new health insurance options, as well getting them enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace.

Our mission remains the same, to maximize the number of consumers who enroll and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

We’ll have more information on the Academy in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this blog and the partner newsletter to find out when you can apply.

In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Noe Rincon, Training and Data Director:  nrincon@enrollamerica.org.

 

 

 




Five Things Every PA College Grad Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act

With graduation season upon us, many college graduates will have to make decisions about their health coverage for the first time. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. IF YOU’RE UNDER 26, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR PARENTS’ PLAN: If your parents’ plan covers children, you can be added to or kept on your parent’s health insurance policy until you turn 26 years old. You can still stay on the plan even if you are married, not living with your parents, not financially dependent on them, or if you are eligible to enroll in your employer’s plan.

If you are losing coverage when you turn 26, you will qualify for a special enrollment period beginning 60 days before the loss of coverage and ending 60 days after.

2. IF YOU CAN’T STAY ON YOUR PARENTS’ PLAN, GRADUATING FROM SCHOOL MAY QUALIFY YOU FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT: Finishing school may make you newly eligible to enroll via the Marketplace when the enrollment period is normally closed if you are losing coverage or moving outside your coverage area. Your special enrollment period is available up to 60 days from when you lose coverage or move.

3. IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET, HEALTH INSURANCE CAN BE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK: Financial help is available. This year, 81% of Pennsylvanians who signed up got help paying for health insurance. Almost half are paying less than $50 a month for quality coverage. You could too.

And while every plan must cover ten essential services – medications, emergency rooms visits, preventative care, and more – there are enough plans on the Marketplace that you can find a plan that fits your budget. So you can find a plan that won’t break your bank!

And, for many Pennsylvanians, a new program – Health Choices – is available. For those individuals making roughly $16,243 or less ($33,465 or less for a family of four), Health Choices provides free or low-cost coverage. Eligibility is based on income and family size.

4. IF YOU DON’T GET COVERED, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A FINE: The fine for not being covered in 2015 is to $325 per adult or 2% of your income – whichever is greater. In many cases, the fine alone is often more costly than getting covered. And the cost of the fine might not be your only worries. The average emergency room bill for something as small as a sprained ankle is $1,018—or 156 Chipotle chicken burritos. A broken arm on average costs $8,094!

5. THERE’S LOTS OF FREE, ONE-ON-ONE HELP TO GET YOU COVERED: Pennsylvanians who want to find out more about their health coverage options through the Marketplace or Health Choices should schedule an appointment to meet with an enrollment expert in their community by calling the Pennsylvania Health Access Network’s Hotline at 1-877-570-3642 or logging onto the Get Covered Connector at getcoveredamerica.org/connector. For more information on Health Choices, visit healthchoicespa.com.




Top 3 Reasons Mom Wants You to #GetCovered This Mother’s Day

May 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – Still looking for that perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day? Young Ohioans should consider getting health coverage this year to give mom the peace of mind that her child is safe and protected in case of an unexpected illness or injury.

Mom always knows best and that’s why she knows that it is important for her children to have health insurance. In fact, according to an Enroll America/PerryUndem survey, nearly one in five young adults ages 18-29 who got covered said that their mom helped them enroll.

Here are three reasons mom wants you to get covered this Mother’s Day:

  1. Financial Security: Nobody expects to get sick or injured but those unexpected trips to the doctor’s office can be costly without insurance. A simple upper respiratory infection can cost over $800 to treat without insurance and a broken arm can cost over $8,000 without insurance.
  2. Access to Quality Care: Every health plan sold through the Health Insurance Marketplace offers 10 essential health benefits including preventive care, prescription medications, and emergency room visits to help keep you healthy.
  3. Affordability: Under the Affordable Care Act, more people can access health coverage because it is more affordable now. In fact, 84% of Ohioans who enrolled through the Marketplace received financial assistance to help make their plans truly affordable.

Even though open enrollment has ended, there are still opportunities for Ohioans to enroll now if they’ve experienced a life changing event like becoming a new mom, moving to a different coverage area, or aging off of their mom’s plan. In fact, young people are more likely to experience the life changing events that trigger a special enrollment period. Nearly 25% of Americans between the ages of 20-29 have moved — more than twice the national average, and around 83% of all babies born in the United States have mothers between the ages of 18 and 34.

Additionally, lower-income Ohioans who qualify for low cost coverage through the recently expanded Medicaid program can enroll year-round.

To remind young Ohioans to get covered for mom this Mother’s Day, Get Covered America Ohio and partner organizations across the state will be tweeting this weekend to encourage young Ohioans to enroll. You can follow and join the conversation by following @GetCoveredOH and the hashtag #GetCovered.

For more information on health coverage, Ohioans can visit the Are You Covered?website. To schedule a free appointment with a local enrollment assister, Ohioans can visit the Get Covered Connector at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 1-800-648-1176.

 




INFOGRAPHIC: Get Covered America Reached Thousands of Ohioans over Past Year about Health Coverage Options under Affordable Care Act

May 5, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Get Covered America released an infographic highlighting their work with the uninsured leading up to and during the second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

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“Our team in Ohio took lessons learned from the first enrollment period to continue to engage our grassroots coalition of volunteers and partners to reach thousands of Ohioans about their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “And due in part to our work, over 234,000 Ohioans have enrolled and now have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they and their families will be covered in case of an illness or injury.”

The infographic highlights numbers from the Ohio State of Enrollment Report which includes data and observations from the outreach and enrollment efforts in Ohio over the last year.
Key figures from the report include:

  • Nearly 73,000 Ohioans reached out to by Get Covered America staff and volunteers from April 2014-Febuary 2015,
  • More than 3,700 appointments with enrollment assisters scheduled through Get Covered America’s online scheduling tool the Get Covered Connector,
  • More than 1,000 consumer outreach and training events,
  • Nearly 2,000 volunteers donated time to the Get Covered America campaign, and
  • More than 200 partner organizations were engaged to help in the outreach and enrollment effort.

Get Covered America will be highlighting numbers from this report and other data and observations from the previous enrollment periods at State of Enrollment Conferences across Ohio in July. Cities include: Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Lorain, and Athens.

Though the open enrollment period ended on February 15, many Ohioans still have the opportunity to get covered now. Life changing events such as getting married, having a baby, or moving to a different coverage area among others, may trigger a special enrollment period for Ohioans throughout the year. For low and moderate income Ohioans who are newly-eligible under expanded Medicaid, enrollment is year round.

To find if you are eligible for a special enrollment period or expanded Medicaid, Ohioans can schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister by visiting the Get Covered Connector, at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or by calling 1-800-648-1176.




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