Due to the pandemic President Biden has opened a special enrollment period for the Healthcare Marketplace through Aug. 15 to help people take advantage of insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act. Normally enrollment takes place in November, but this extended period was enacted to help those that lost their jobs and thus their insurance due to Covid 19. Don’t have insurance? You can be enrolled by the beginning of next month. If you are currently getting your insurance through the Marketplace- take the time to submit a new application. Current enrollees will be able to change to any available plan in their area without restriction to the same level of coverage as their current plan.
Speaking with HRS ERASE navigator Ron Irvine, ” the new COVID-19 stimulus plan signed into law last month has added provisions that can save you money. He estimates the average person he has helped saves $50-$100 per month under the new regulations.
As a health care navigator, Irvine is paid by a Federal Grant from CMS/HHS and is bound to be impartial to provide Free Enrollment assistance to help you find affordable Health Insurance that will meet your needs. He doesn’t work for any insurance companies, thus he is just available to help you find the best plan that allows you to work with your existing doctors and make sure any medicine you do take is covered. He can also serve as a resource to help you locate a new doctor if you current doctor stops taking your plan.
Navigator’s can also be available to come in and talk with you (or zoom) if your organization or nonprofit needs education about the ACA and it’s programs. They are certified in Medicaid and Medicare by the state of Ohio.