October 31, 2017
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has scheduled an Insurance Marketplace and Enrollment event for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday December 2 in the admissions area near the hospital entrance for individuals and families interested in applying for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Jan Potter, Patient Navigator at HRMC, will distribute information, respond to questions on the enrollment process, and be available to assist interested parties complete an online application.
Potter said open enrollment started on November 1 and runs through December 15 and is much shorter than in previous years.
“Many people are confused about the various health insurance plans and may have questions on eligibility for financial assistance; so it is our goal to explain the various options available to each person,” Potter said. “We are hoping Kansans will choose to enroll early to avoid the last minute rush.”
Potter said many Kansans may be eligible for Advanced Premium Tax Credits through the Marketplace. These credits help lower monthly insurance premiums and others may qualify for Cost sharing reductions, which automatically lowers the out-of-pocket costs associated with the Marketplace plans.
Individuals who plan to enroll for health insurance will need to provide the following information about their family and household including:
---Names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for everyone in the household ----Projected household income for 2018
---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.
A second Patient Navigator will be available at the December 2 meeting to assist Potter with enrolling applicants.
Potter is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to meet with individuals that wish to apply for health insurance coverage and can be contacted by telephone at 620-513-3177 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.