Cover Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Event to be Held November 12, 2016 in Hutchinson

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The Cover Kansas Navigator Project will host a Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment event from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Hutchinson Public Library (901 N Main St, Hutchinson, KS 67501.  Certified Navigators will be on hand to provide free, in-person assistance for individuals and families traversing the online application and enrollment process, which includes comparing health insurance plans, reviewing eligibility for financial assistance, answering questions, and preparing enrollment applications, as needed.

“Enrolling in health insurance can be difficult and overwhelming, but Cover Kansas Navigators and other certified assisters have been formally trained to provide free, unbiased assistance as consumers explore the Federally- facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Debbie Berndsen, Cover Kansas Navigator Project Director. “Navigators can help Kansans determine if they qualify for financial assistance to help lower the cost of premiums,” Berndsen said.

Individuals attending the enrollment event should bring basic information about their family and household including:

Names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for everyone in the household
Projected household income for 2017
Tax information, such as filing status and number of dependents
Immigration documentation and supporting identification numbers
An email address to create an online Marketplace account. Assistance can be provided for those who need to create one.

Many Kansans may be eligible for Advanced Premium Tax Credits through the Marketplace. These credits help lower monthly insurance premiums. Some may also qualify for Cost Sharing Reductions, which automatically lowers the out-of-pocket costs associated with Marketplace plans.

For more information on this event, contact Jan Potter at 620-513-3177. Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 1, 2016, and ends January 31, 2017. Once open enrollment ends, Navigators are available year-round to answer questions, complete special enrollment applications for those affected by a life changing event, and participate in community outreach and education events to raise awareness about the Marketplace. Learn more at coverks.org or healthcare.gov. 

Contact: Jan Potter
Certified Health Insurance Navigator

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

620-513-3177 | potterj@hutchregional.com