– With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, many uninsured
and underinsured members of our community are looking to enroll in a health
insurance plan. To assist individuals in finding a suitable plan, Henry
County Hospital is partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to
offer free health care enrollment information and guidance every Tuesday,
beginning December 17th, from ten o'clock in the morning to two o'clock
in the afternoon.
Free application assistance is provided by trained health care Navigators
and certified application counselors. A private office located within
the Hospital allows patients and community members an opportunity to ask
questions and work with the Navigator in order to select a plan that best
fits their needs.
"Over 1500 people in Henry County are uninsured," stated Kim
Bordenkircher, chief executive officer of Henry County Hospital. "It
is an honor to partner with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer
this free and valuable service to the residents of Henry County and the
surrounding areas. Improving the overall health of our community is the
mission of Henry County Hospital and this service has the potential to
make great impact on that mission."
Through the Health Insurance Marketplace set up under the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare
coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium
tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified
Health Plan (QHP). Open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014.
Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014 for all individuals who enroll
prior to December 15, 2013.
Residents interested in making an appointment for enrollment assistance
can call 419-591-3813.
Ohioans can visit sites like Ohio Association of Foodbanks www.ohiofoodbanks.org.
to get help with applying, or they can visit www.healthcare.gov to apply
on their own. Those seeking help with enrolling can call 1-800-648-1176 or visit
to find assistance.
About HenryCounty Hospital
Henry County Hospital is a charitable, not for profit community hospital
offering a wide range of primary, acute, and rehabilitative services to
the residents of Henry County and the surrounding areas. Henry County
Hospital provides quality healthcare and wellness services while emphasizing
patient-centered care and excellent customer service. Visit them on the
web at www.henrycountyhospital.org and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/henrycountyhospitalinc
About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio's largest charitable response
to hunger, representing Ohio's 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300
member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
In SFY 2012, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire
and distribute over 164 million pounds of food and grocery items. The
association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, and as the
lead implementer of a Navigator program to help connect Ohioans to programs
that help. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook,
and visit them on the web at www.ohiofoodbanks.org.