Archive for August, 2015

My Summer as a Get Covered America Fellow

August 27, 2015

This is a guest blog from Jeffrey, a Get Covered America Fellow in Ohio.

During the summer of 2015, I was a Get Covered America Fellow in Ohio. Overall, it was a great experience because I got to help people who have been struggling without insurance finally get covered, and I learned a lot along the way.

My coworkers were great. It was a friendly work environment and we kept each other laughing; we also helped support one another when it came to the day-to-day work. When we did tabling outreach at Columbus State, we decided to make a competition around who got the most commit cards. (Bragging rights are super motivating, FYI.)

Tabling and being able to shadow a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) to learn about enrollment were some of my favorite parts of the summer I spent with GCA. Now, I can help people understand their options and let them know they could get insured for free or at a low cost. It’s great to help clear up misconceptions about health insurance. When I call people who have trouble with health insurance and need assistance, it’s so motivating to know that I’m helping people and that the work I am doing helps my community.

Overall, being a GCA Fellow has been a valuable experience. The Fellowship has helped me explore some career options and learn about myself — all while helping people in my community. I hope I can continue helping my community now and in my future career.

Jeffrey
Columbus, OH

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Tip: Preventive Care Is Free

August 20, 2015

Have you signed up for health insurance recently? You have? That’s great! When you signed up, you may have heard something about free preventive care.

Here’s what that means: With your insurance, you won’t have to pay for things like regular checkups, well-woman visits, vaccinations, and screenings. They’re free! Those “preventive care” visits in your network are covered by your insurance for free. No co-pay. Nothing “out of pocket.” And they won’t count towards your deductible. (Check out a full list of what kinds of services are covered for free here.)

If you’re healthy right now, you might be thinking that you don’t need to see a doctor for preventive care. Or that you don’t need a “primary care provider” — that’s someone you can go to for checkups.

Here are five reasons why it’s important to use preventive care regularly, even when you’re not sick and you don’t need help right away.

  1. Your primary care doctor can get to know you, and get to know your health history. That way, if you end up needing more help with a health issue later, they’ll be as prepared as possible to give you the best advice they can.
  1. Checkups and screenings (for things like blood pressure and cholesterol) can help catch and fix small problems before they become big problems. When you see a doctor regularly, they can spot any small changes in your health and help you stay on track.
  1. Things like vaccinations can keep you healthy. For example: You can get a free flu shot in the fall. That can keep you from being stuck at home with the flu during the holidays. It can also help keep your family healthy!
  1. Your primary care doctor can keep an eye out for any health issues you’ve had before. If you have a history of certain health issues, like heart conditions or some cancers, your doctor can make sure you’re healthy now and look out for any symptoms.
  1. Preventive care can help give you peace of mind. Think about it: After you’ve had your checkups and your screenings, you’ll have one less thing to worry about. If you get tune-ups for your car, why not for your health?

Ready to schedule a preventive care visit? Find out how to find a doctor or other health care provider!




CentroMed Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

August 13, 2015

CentroMed

San Antonio, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized CentroMed for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and CentroMed have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, nearly 100,000 Bexar and Comal County residents have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“CentroMed’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured San Antonio area residents,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Bexar County. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the region to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in San Antonio and the surrounding areas.”

CentroMed is a nonprofit health center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, behavioral health services, OB/GYN, family planning and immunizations among other services. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, CentroMed partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where CentroMed’s bilingual Certified Application Counselors provided application assistance to Bexar and Comal residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Dr. Ernesto Gómez, President and CEO of CentroMed. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income San Antonio area residents, and our community members know that we are here to help them get the care they need. With the help of partners like Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to whoever needs it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without CentroMed’s leadership and tireless effort, many San Antonio area residents may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and CentroMed will continue to partner as they have been with the Enroll SA Coalition to help families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If an uninsured Bexar County resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. If they are eligible for Medicaid they can enroll year-round. San Antonio area residents can use the Get Covered Connector at http://enrollsa.com/enroll-now/ to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at CentroMed – to get coverage right away.




Foremost Family Health Centers Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

Foremost CHC LogoDallas, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Foremost Family Health Centers (formerly the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinic) for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage. 

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and the Foremost Family Health Centers have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, more than 223,000 Dallas and Tarrant Counties residents have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Foremost Family Health Centers’ work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Dallas-area residents,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Dallas County. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the city to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Dallas.”

Foremost Family Health Centers provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, behavioral health services, OB/GYN, laboratory services, urgent care, family planning and immunizations among other services in Dallas and Balch Springs. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, Foremost Family Health Centers partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where the Clinic’s bilingual Certified Application Counselors provided application assistance to Dallas County residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Joyce Tapley, CEO for Foremost Family Health Centers. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Dallas-Ft. Worth residents, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. With the help of Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to whoever in our community needs it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Foremost Family Health Centers’ leadership and tireless effort, many Dallas-area residents may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and the Foremost Family Health Centers will be to partner as they have been to help Texas families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If an uninsured Dallas County resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. If they are eligible for Medicaid they can enroll year-round. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Foremost Family Health Centers – to get coverage right away.




Legacy Community Health – keeping the Gulf Coast healthy

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HOUSTON, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Legacy Community Health for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and Legacy Community Health have partnered to expand access to free in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, nearly 227,000 Harris County resident have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Legacy Community Health’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Houstonians,” said Mimi Garcia, State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Harris County. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the city to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Harris County.”

Legacy Community Health is a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccinations and immunizations, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care. During the first and second enrollment periods of the Health Insurance Marketplace, Legacy Community Health partnered with Enroll America in town halls and enrollment events where Houstonians were able to address their health insurance concerns and enroll with Legacy Community Health’s in-person assisters.

We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Melisa Garcia, Vice President of Clinical Business Services for Legacy Community Health. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Houstonians, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. “With the support of Enroll America, we will continue providing high quality, low cost care to the communities we serve.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Legacy Community Health’s leadership and tireless effort, many Houstonians may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

If an uninsured Harris County resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. If they are eligible for Medicaid they can enroll year-round. Houstonians can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Legacy Community Health – to get coverage right away.




Brownsville Community Health Center – getting Texans covered in South Texas

Brownsville Community Health Center

BROWNSVILLE – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Brownsville Community Health Center (BCHC) for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and BCHC have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, more than 18,000 Cameron residents have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Brownsville Community Health Center’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Brownsville residents,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Cameron County. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the city to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Brownsville.”

BCHC is a nonprofit health center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, behavioral health services, women’s center, radiology and immunizations among other services. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, BCHC partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where BCHC’s bilingual Certified Application Counselors provided application assistance to Cameron residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Cristela Gomez, Patient Centered Medical Home Coordinator for Brownsville Community Health Center. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Brownsville residents, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. With the help of Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to whoever in our community needs it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Brownsville Community Health Center’s leadership and tireless effort, many Brownsville residents may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and BCHC will continue to partner as they have been to help families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If an uninsured Brownsville resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Brownsville Community Health Center – to get coverage right away.




Centro San Vicente, helping El Pasoans stay healthy

Centro San Vicente

El Paso, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Centro San Vicente for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and Centro San Vicente have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, more than 55,000 El Paso County resident have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Centro San Vicente’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured El Pasoans,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in El Paso. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the city to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in El Paso.”

Centro San Vicente is a nonprofit health center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, behavioral health services, OB/GYN, health education and immunizations among other services. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, Centro San Vicente partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where Centro San Vicente’s bilingual Certified Application Counselors provided application assistance to El Paso residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Dr. José Luna, CEO for Centro San Vicente. “Centro San Vicente plays a critical role in the lives of many low income El Pasoans, and they should know that Centro San Vicente is here to help them get the care they need. With the help of Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to whoever in our community needs it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Centro San Vicente’s leadership and tireless effort, many El Pasoans may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and Centro San Vicente will continue to partner as they have been to help El Paso families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act

If an uninsured El Paso area resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. If they are eligible for Medicaid they can enroll year-round. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Centro San Vicente – to get coverage right away.




Heart of Texas CHC Keeps Waco Healthy

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Waco, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Heart of Texas Community Health for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in appropriate coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and Heart of Texas Community Health have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, more than 7,100 McLennan area resident have enrolled in, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Heart of Texas Community Health’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Waco residents,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in McLennan. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the city to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Waco.”

Heart of Texas Community Health is a nonprofit health center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, preventive care, dental care, behavioral health services, educational and research programs in the medical, dental and behavioral health fields among other services. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, Heart of Texas Community Health partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where Heart of Texas Community Health’s Certified Application Counselors – many of whom are AmeriCorps/Community HealthCorps members – provided application assistance to McLennan residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help our community access appropriate health coverage,” said Dr. Roland Goertz, CEO for Heart of Texas Community Health. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Waco residents, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. We’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to those in our community.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status and offer other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Heart of Texas Community Health’s leadership and tireless effort, many McLennan residents may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and Heart of Texas Community Health will continue to partner as they have been to help families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If an uninsured McLennan resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. If they are eligible for Medicaid they can enroll year-round. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Heart of Texas Community Health – to get coverage right away.




Lone Star Circle of Care Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

Lone Star Circle of Care

Austin, TX – As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and LSCC have partnered to expand access to in-person enrollment assisters to help the uninsured find a plan that fits their needs and budget, and due in part to their work, nearly 101,600 Travis, Williamson, Bell, Burnet and Bastrop residents have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Lone Star Circle of Care’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to the uninsured of Central Texas” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in the counties where they serve. We know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across Travis, Williamson, Bell, Burnet and Bastrop counties to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Central Texas.”

Lone Star Circle of Care is a nonprofit health center that provides adult primary care, pediatrics, senior care, general dentistry, integrated behavioral health services, and comprehensive OB/GYN services. During the second enrollment period that ended last spring, LSCC partnered with Enroll America in several enrollment events where LSCC’s bilingual Certified Application Counselors provided application assistance to Central Texas residents seeking health insurance.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said  Rhonda Mundhenk, CEO for Lone Star Circle of Care. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Central Texas residents, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. With the help of Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to those in our communities who need it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

“Health centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Mimi Garcia. “Without Lone Star Circle of Care’s leadership and tireless effort, many Travis, Williamson, Bell, Burnet and Bastrop county residents may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and LSCC will continue to partner as they have been to help families enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If an uninsured Central Texas resident experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, this year before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify for a special enrollment period. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at LSCC – to get coverage right away.




Southeast, Inc. Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

August 10, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH  As part of National Health Center Week, Enroll America today recognized Southeast, Inc. for their work to help low income and medically-underserved communities get the care they need, educate the community about their health coverage options, and enroll the uninsured in quality coverage.

National Health Center Week aims to create awareness of health center programs and the invaluable work they do in communities across the country to ensure Americans at every income level can get access to affordable health care. Enroll America and Southeast, Inc. have partnered to recruit and train volunteer certified application counselors (CACs) across the state to provide in-person enrollment assistance for Ohioans enrolling in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid.

“Southeast, Inc.’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Ohioans,” said Trey Daly, Ohio State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate across the state. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the state to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Ohio.”

Southeast, Inc. is a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, health care, and homeless services. Southeast, Inc. also serves as a “Navigator,” providing in-person enrollment assistance to help consumers enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid.

“We’re proud to work alongside Enroll America to empower our community and help everyone access quality care and health coverage,” said Bill Lee, CEO for Southeast, Inc. “We know that we play a critical role in the lives of many low income Ohioans, and they should know that we are here to help them get the care they need. Working with Enroll America, we’re going to continue providing high quality, low cost care to whoever in our community needs it.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, over 22 million people nationwide use health centers as their medical and health care home, and that number is rapidly growing. 72% of people who use health centers live at or below the federal poverty level, tend to be members of minority groups, and more than 75% are either uninsured or have coverage through Medicaid.

Health centers are especially critical because they remove barriers that may cause a patient to be unaware of their treatment options, not seek treatment for an illness or injury, or make it impossible for them to seek treatment altogether. For instance, community health centers are open to all residents regardless of their insurance status, offer transportation and other services to make accessing care easier, and are located in identified high-need areas with higher poverty levels and infant mortality where fewer physicians practice.

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and Southeast, Inc. will continue to recruit and train volunteer certified application counselors throughout the state. In-person enrollment assistance is vital to helping Ohioans understand their health options under the Affordable Care Act and get covered. In fact, those who receive in-person help are twice as likely to successfully enroll in coverage.

If an uninsured Ohioan experiences a life-changing event, like having a baby, getting married, or moving, among other circumstances, before enrollment opens again in November, they may qualify to enroll in coverage through a special enrollment period. Additionally, lower income Ohioans who are eligible for Medicaid can enroll anytime throughout the year. They can use the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector or call 1-800-648-1176 to find and schedule an appointment with a free, in-person enrollment assister – including at Southeast, Inc. – to get coverage right away.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer certified application counselor, they can contact a Get Covered America Ohio office: Columbus, 614-636-0385; Cleveland, 216-314-2392; and Cincinnati, 513-667-2304.




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