Time is running out to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don’t have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.
Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new affordable health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help towards the cost of premiums may be available.
Individuals will no longer be denied coverage because of a preexisting health condition. Some of the essential health benefits on every plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace include: • Preventive health and wellness services • Physician visits • Chronic disease management • Hospital and emergency department care • Pediatric services • Prescription drugs
Although Texas is not included in Medicaid expan- sion, government subsidies (lower costs for coverage from government premium assistance) for insurance may be available depending on your income, family size and other qualifications.
To help individuals and families navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace required through the Affordable Care Act, South Texas Regional Medical Center (STRMC) and the Alamo Area Council of Government is hosting a day-long sign up day at the hospital campus on Wednesday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The STRMC campus is located at 1905 Hwy 97E in Jourdanton.
Anyone interested simply needs to call Rosie at 830- 769-3515 extension 2802 to set an appointment to meet with one of the expertlytrained marketplace navigators who can assist with the application process in English and in Spanish. Navigators will also take walkin appointments on a first come/first serve basis.
“Our staff is ready to help anyone in need to navigate the sign-up process,” said Leslie Ricks, Patient Access Director at South Texas Regional Medical Center. The hospital has partnered with the Daniel Goestz, LMSW-ACP from the Alamo Area Agency on Aging to assist with helping individuals and families sign up for the various health plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“The benefits of health insurance coverage far outweigh the costs—particularly if there is a serious health issue,” added Ricks who is coordinating the sign up activity for STRMC. Access to preventive and routine physician care is the essential component of the Affordable Care Act.