Lansing, Michigan – Starting today, Ingham County Health Department and its Community Health Center Network (CHCN) will serve as a ‘Certified Application Counselor and Navigator organization’ to help patients and local residents apply for newly-available health insurance coverage on October 1. People who are uninsured are encouraged to call or visit the Health Department’s Registration and Enrollment Division or Health Center Network, and ask to speak with an Application Counselor, to help them complete an application as well as explain the benefits and costs of each health plan.
The Health Department’s Application Counselors are trained and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide applicants with the maximum level of enrollment assistance while following rigorous privacy and security standards to protect sensitive personal information.
“Any community resident who needs assistance applying for and understanding new health insurance options are encouraged to contact ICHD’s Registration and Enrollment at (517) 887-4306 for help. Our trained staff is ready and waiting to assist our neighbors, patients and friends in getting the coverage they need,” said Dr. Renée Canady, Health Officer of the Ingham County Health Department
The Health Insurance Marketplace is now open, and provides community residents who are uninsured, or who buy their own coverage, a new way to shop for health insurance. The Marketplace provides a single application for all available health insurance programs including Marketplace plans, Medicaid and MIChild. Residents who are not sure what type of coverage they qualify for are encouraged to use the Marketplace to learn about their options and to enroll.
All insurance plans in the Marketplace will cover the same set of essential health benefits. These benefits include doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, prescriptions and more. Each plan has to show the actual costs and explain what is covered in simple language with no fine print. Financial help available through Marketplace tax credits and cost-sharing reductions may lower the amount residents must pay, making health insurance more affordable.
To apply, individuals should visit www.healthcare.gov and review the application and coverage options in more detail. For more assistance, consumers can call the Marketplace’s health care hotline at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can also contact ICHD’s Registration and Enrollment at (517) 887-4306 to schedule an appointment for one-on-one application assistance.