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December 14, 2013

Website woes don’t keep WRMC from helping with sign-up for health coverage

You’ve most likely heard the confusion surrounding the website for the Health Insurance Marketplace, the government’s new platform for offering affordable health insurance. While the site might not be fully functional yet, Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s application counselors can help make things more clear and assist with the sign-up process.

If you enroll by Dec. 23, you will have health insurance on Jan. 1.

A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help eligible Americans gain access to affordable health care. Most U.S. citizens are required to enroll for health insurance by March 31. Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. You might be eligible for new health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.

“This is where WRMC can help,” said David Orcutt, CEO. “If people in our community are lacking access to a computer or having difficulty enrolling on the government’s website, our application counselors can help. We can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plan options and determine if they are eligible for Medicaid or other financial assistance.”

All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

Some of the available health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.

“Even though Texas has chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in our community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Orcutt. “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

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