Agency offering health insurance aid

Help is still available at La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace before the Jan. 31 deadline.

ristina Gonzalez, LCH Front-End Supervisor and Certified Application Counselor, helps a family with health insurance enrollment application. Photo courtesy of La Comunidad Hispana

Cristina Gonzalez (left), a certified application counselor, helps a family with health insurance. Photo courtesy of La Comunidad Hispana

“These past few weeks, we have seen an increase in families coming to LCH for application assistance,” said Alisa Jones, LCH president and CEO in a press release. “Health insurance is essential for low-income residents to protect themselves, and to prevent their families from going into debt with expensive emergency room and hospital costs.”

In addition to potential costs in the emergency room for the uninsured, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) warned that those who choose to remain uninsured can face fines: “If consumers can afford health insurance, but choose not to get it for 2016, they may be required to pay a fee when they file their 2016 federal income taxes.”

Health care is both available and affordable, according to HRSA. “After financial help, 7 out of 10 people can find plans with premiums of less than $75 dollars per month,” the release said.

Paul Huberty, chair of LCH’s board of directors, said LCH understands the importance of offering this assistance. “Through our services, we are creating sustainable, healthy living for hundreds of families,” he said in the release.

LCH’s team of certified application counselors are available during all service hours in English and Spanish (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday). In addition to the Affordable Health Care Act Market Place, LCH assisters can help with Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) applications.

To learn more and schedule an appointment, contact Ted Trevorrow, outreach and enrollment coordinator/navigator at 610-444-7550, ext. 253 or etrevorrow@lchps.org.

 

 

 

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