Healthcare coverage can be easy to ignore - until you need it. “Hoosiers covered by the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Hoosier Healthwise, Medicaid and other Indiana health insurance programs must pay close attention to requests and requirements. Missing one notice can result in gaps or loss of coverage.” states Julie Barton of Covering Kids & Families of United Way of Madison County, a local program that helps Hoosiers sign up for and understand healthcare coverage programs. “Healthcare coverage – insurance - can be confusing. We want Hoosiers to know help is available.” Covering Kids & Families wants Hoosiers to know:
- If you do not have healthcare coverage or have questions about keeping your coverage, free unbiased help is available from Covering Kids & Families of Indiana and other community organizations.
- To keep your healthcare coverage, it is critical to respond to any requests for information (letters, postcards, etc.) and to follow plan requirements (Power Account payments, Gateway to Work reporting, change in income, change in address, etc.). Not responding by deadlines could result in gaps or loss of coverage.
- November 1 - December 15, 2018 Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) members can change their 2019 health plan regardless of when they enrolled or the date of their recertification.
- November 1 – December 15, 2018 is Marketplace Open Enrollment with coverage starting January 1, 2019. Consumers can enroll, or they can change plans.
Family Health and Education Nights will be held at the public libraries on November 8 in Anderson, November 14 in Elwood and November 29 in Alexandria. All offer free assistance in applying for healthcare coverage and additional services including Christmas assistance, 21st Century Scholars, higher education assistance and more. Attendees should bring social security numbers, birth certificates and proof of income. The Anderson and Elwood hours are 5 – 7:30 p.m.; Alexandria hours are 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Covering Kids & Families of United Way of Madison County, Ivy Tech Community College, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the hosting libraries.