ADH To Discuss Enrollment In Healthcare Coverage

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tv_News 10dbMONTICELLO — Shannon Borchert, public health educator and health connector outreach with the Arkansas Department of Health, will discuss how to enroll in healthcare coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The public is invited to attend.

   The Arkansas Insurance Department has entered into a partnership with the federal government to establish an insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can compare qualified health insurance plans in Arkansas and choose the plan that best meets their needs. Beginning October 1, consumers and small businesses have been able to shop for, compare and enroll in private health insurance.

   Plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace will be approved and monitored by the Arkansas Insurance Department to ensure that they offer the 10 Essential Health Benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act and pay the required amount of claims costs. Individuals enrolling in health plans through the new Marketplace may also be eligible for financial assistance to help pay their premiums.

   According to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health, an estimated 572,000 Arkansans are uninsured, 57,841 of whom are southeast Arkansas residents in Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie and St. Francis Counties.

   Key parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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