Free Marketplace Open Enrollment Assistance Available Statewide

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PRESS RELEASE

FMI Contact Consumers for Affordable Health Care:
Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager
[email protected] 207-480-2136

Ann Woloson, Executive Director
[email protected] 207-480-2133

November 1st marks start of the ACA’s Marketplace Open Enrollment

Health Advocates, Health Centers, Hospitals and Community Action Programs stand ready to help Mainers sign up for coverage

Representatives from health care advocacy organizations, community health centers, Community Action Programs, and Maine hospitals came together today in Augusta to remind Mainers that open enrollment to sign up for health insurance coverage in 2019 through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace starts November 1st and runs through December 15, 2018.

Trained advocates, navigators, and assisters from Consumers for Affordable Health Care, the Maine Primary Care Association, Western Maine Community Action, and MaineHealth highlighted resources available to Mainers to help explore and understand their coverage options, apply and enroll in coverage.

Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager for Consumers for Affordable Health Care explained: “There are many resources available to Maine people throughout the state to help them navigate the Marketplace. In fact, nearly 75,000 Maine people joined millions of Americans in enrolling in Marketplace coverage last year.”

Hillary Barter, Healthcare Navigator Coordinator at Western Maine Community Action, added: “We are here to help people understand what coverage options are available to them, answer questions, and help with applications. Navigators are available in many parts of the state, from Presque Isle to Kittery.”

Kalie Hess, Health Equity Program Manager at Maine Primary Care Association, explained that: “Community health centers, which are located all over the state from York to Madawaska, are able to offer in-person enrollment assistance to help people enroll in Marketplace plans.” Additionally, she noted: “They are able to provide high-quality health care services for people with and without insurance and offer financial assistance for those who need it. To find the community health center nearest to you, go to www.findmyhealthcenter.org”.

Health insurance coverage is a major concern for many Mainers, as are concerns about insurance not covering essential health services or the prescription drugs they need. There are many resources available to Maine people to understand coverage options offered through the Marketplace. Assistance in determining whether someone may quality for premium assistance and help with co-payments that reduce the overall cost of health insurance is also available. See below for resources available to help Maine people enroll in coverage.

Federal Resources:
Marketplace Call Center: 1-800-318-2596
This federal website www.healthcare.gov provides information about available plans and also can help you find local help near you.

Maine Resources:
Consumers for Affordable Health Care’s Toll-free Consumer Assistance HelpLine:
Call 1-800-965-7476 for toll-free and face-to-face consumer assistance.

Western Maine Community Action: Call 1-855-806-7333 to find a navigator near you.

MaineHealth: Call 1-833-284-8816 to be directed to free, in-person assistance through MaineHealth’s centralized Access to Care Coverage Team and see attached listing for information on hospitals providing assistance.

Federally Qualified Health Centers: Visit www.findmyhealthcenter.org to locate a health center near you where face-to-face assistance can be accessed.

Application tips to consider when applying for coverage:

  • Make sure you are using the Healthcare.gov site (not, for example, healthcare.net or healthcare.com) when enrolling in a plan.
  • Have the names of your primary care and other regular providers written down and on hand when exploring plans or when talking to someone assisting you in choosing a plan.
  • Make sure you have a list of all your prescription drugs, including doses.
  • Proof of income – either tax forms or pay stubs.
  • Information about other coverage available to you, such as insurance offered through an employer.

Visit Consumers for Affordable Health Care for more information about open enrollment.