Indian Stream Health Center reminds local residents to apply for, or renew policies
Enrollment on the 2018 Health Insurance Exchange opens on Wednesday, November 1 and Indian Stream Health Center is standing by with information and resources to help local residents either renew their coverage, or apply for a plan.
“To ensure insurance coverage in 2018, those eligible must enroll in a plan or renew their coverage between November 1 and December 15,” said Sharon Belleville of Indian Stream Health Center. “This refers to those who purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) or from the Vermont Health Connect.”
“These are individuals that don’t have health insurance through an employer, Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or another source that provides qualifying health coverage.”
Ms. Belleville, who is a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) for the insurance marketplace and her colleague Brenda Puglisi, also a Certified Application Counselor, provide support and assistance to area residents.
“Purchasing or renewing health insurance is a very important decision,” noted Ms. Belleville. “That’s why we’re reminding local residents about the sign-up deadlines and other resources. She added that the website www.healthcare.gov or www.portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov are a good first step when seeking information. “These sites answer a lot of commonly asked questions and have tools to help the consumer view insurance options and estimated plan costs.”
Ms. Belleville and Ms. Puglisi are available for those needing direct support with their applications. To schedule an appointment, please call Ms. Belleville at (603) 388-2427 or (802) 266-3340 or Ms. Puglisi at (603) 388-2414.
Ms. Belleville added that that unlike past years, this year’s enrollment period is shorter. “Our best advice is for people to act early,” she said, adding that the time to call for an appointment with a counselor is now. With the shorter time frame, appointment slots are filling up fast.”
She noted that ISHC will also be providing reminders and tips via its website and Facebook over the next several weeks to keep consumers informed.