Weatherford Democrat

December 14, 2013

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


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.”

“While a major function of www.healthcare.gov is assessing whether individuals and families qualify for financial help to lower the cost of the insurance, WRMC’s application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process,” Orcutt said.

Weatherford Regional Medical Center is a 99-all private bed hospital and a network of medical clinics serving Parker County. A dedicated and experienced medical staff offers over 30 medical specialties and the hospital offers services ranging from comprehensive imaging services, interventional cardiology, a 24-hour emergency department, labor and delivery suites, and much more.

The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition, including Press Ganey Summit Award, Texas Health Care Quality Achievement Award from Texas Medical Foundation Healthcare Quality Institute, and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

For more information, call 817-341-CARE (2273) or visit www.weatherfordregional.com.