It’s estimated that there are still 134,000 uninsured Alabamians who may be eligible for coverage through the Marketplace; many of these may be in your community. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and lasts through Jan. 31. However, Dec. 15 is the last day individuals can enroll and have coverage start Jan. 1.
There are many great ways for hospitals to assist individuals with enrolling in health insurance via the Marketplace. Listed below are a number of ideas and resources that may be helpful:
- EnrollAmerica.org – This is a wonderful website with a variety of helpful tools and messages to assist with enrollment, including information on the various in-person assistance opportunities, sample messages and toolkits for outreach to different cultures. Other resources can be found on the Enroll Alabama website.
- Healthcare.gov – The federal Marketplace website where Alabamians go to enroll and to find out more about health insurance coverage. There are a number of resources on the site regarding the 2017 open enrollment period.
- Marketplace.cms.gov – This site was created to provide a one-stop resource for those helping with outreach. Here you can find applications and forms, technical assistance resources and outreach and educational materials, including information on CAC and Navigator training.
- Call 211 and ask for help scheduling an appointment. Basically, when a caller dials 211 and says he/she needs help finding out more about health insurance, the local operator will transfer them to the Birmingham 211 call center to further assist in scheduling an appointment.
- If you are hosting an event, email Rosemary Blackmon so that the information can be forwarded to the 211 operators and to Enroll Alabama.