TROY — With Open Enrollment for HealthCare.gov quickly approaching, Health Partners Free Clinic wants to remind the community of their in-house Certified Marketplace Navigator, Stephanie Morris. For the third year, Morris is available to inform residents of their health care options, as well as apply for, and enroll or reenroll, in insurance plans through the Marketplace.
Health Partners Free Clinic’s mission is to provide free quality healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Miami County. In 2013, when the Affordable Care Act was put in to motion, they knew there was going to be a shift in their daily operations and patient profile. Bringing Morris into the clinic was just one more way of reaching out to the community, offering yet another much needed service, helping both patients and non-patients alike.
Funded through a federal grant that has been filtered down from the Ohio Association of Food Banks and the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, the Navigator Program has become one the most useful tools operating under the ACA.
“Health insurance is confusing,” said Morris. As of October 2015, a Miami County resident would have nearly 60 plans, from seven different insurance companies, to choose from on HealthCare.gov.
From explaining what tax credits (subsidies) really are, how they are calculated, and how monthly premiums are not the only thing to be looking at from a financial standpoint, to helping people determine what they really need out of an insurance plan and even how to access that care, Morris is there to help. The Marketplace’s open enrollment for 2016 begins Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016.
To schedule an appointment, call Morris at Health Partners Free Clinic at (937) 332-0894.