Free health care enrollment event upcoming

By Frank Lewis

October 13, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

With the health insurance marketplaces officially open, many uninsured and underinsured members of this community and other communities are looking to enroll in a health insurance plan. That’s why, in an effort to assist individuals in finding a suitable plan, The Potter’s House Ministries is partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer a free health care enrollment event on Nov. 2 at 5409 Winchester Ave., Sciotoville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

According to Linda Davis at The Potter’s House, free application assistance is provided by trained health care navigators and certified application counselors. A news release from The Potter’s House says everyone will need to sign up for the new health insurance in the coming months, and if you are available on Nov. 2, they will have counselors ready to assist you.

Through the health insurance marketplace set up under the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).

Officials at The Potter’s House said open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014. Coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2014 for all individuals who enroll prior to Dec. 15, 2013.

Residents interested in making an appointment for the enrollment event can call 740-776-4004. Walk-ins will be assisted from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Ohio residents can visit sites like The Potter’s House to get help with applying, or they can visit www.healthcare.gov to apply on their own. Anyone seeking help with enrolling can also call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.ohioforhealth.org to find assistance.

The Potter’s House Ministries is a faith-based non-profit Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center, and can be visited at www.jesusthenazarene.com.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.