Adirondack Health Institute is offering free health insurance enrollment assistance services to individuals, families and small business owners in seven North Country counties – Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington. Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace began on November 1 for new enrollees and will start on November 16 for those reenrolling in a plan. Open Enrollment runs through January 31, 2019. For those who wish to have their health insurance begin on January 1, 2019, the deadline to apply is December 15.
“Our enrollment specialists provide no-cost, unbiased assistance to help clients determine their health insurance eligibility for Qualified Health Plans, Medicaid, and Child Health Plus” explained Joyce Porter, AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) Program Manager. “Another option available is called the Essential Plan, a plan for lower-income New Yorkers who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. This plan costs much less than other plans, as little as $20 per month, and in some cases no cost at all, yet offers the same essential benefits for those who qualify.”
Porter continued, “We are excited to help people in our communities enroll in high-quality, affordable coverage, and many individuals will see a decrease in premium costs in 2019 for comparable coverage. We encourage everyone to schedule an appointment with us at their earliest convenience and not wait until the last minute to get coverage.”
Individuals may call AHI’s toll-free number, 1-866-872-3740, or visit http://www.ahihealth.org/ease/appointment-request/
to schedule a no-cost appointment with an enrollment specialist.
Adirondack Health Institute is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization licensed under the New York State Public Health Law as an Article 28 Central Services Facility. Since 1987, AHI has supported hospitals, physician practices, behavioral health providers, community-based organizations and others in the region in sharing our vision and mission of transforming health care and improving population health. A joint venture of Adirondack Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, St. Lawrence Health System, and the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, AHI’s mission is to create transformative initiatives to improve access to health care services allowing the residents of the Adirondack region to realize their full potential and live a healthy life. For more information, please visit www.ahihealth.org