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Agnesian HealthCare counselors offer health exchange signup assistance
February 20, 2014

Agnesian HealthCare has certified application counselors (CACs) available to help interested individuals sort through some of the confusion over the new health exchange program. CACs are trained to review options on the exchange and whether individuals qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs and essential health benefits.

CACs at each hospital are trained to help patients from all backgrounds learn what coverage they’re eligible for, work through the registration, and choose the plan that is best for them.

The Exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law March 23, 2010, by President Obama. Under the new law, many previously uninsured people now qualify for health insurance. Medicaid also has expanded to accommodate more people. Coverage began January 1 nationwide.

Individuals need to sign up on the health exchange no later than March 31, 2014. Medicare or Wisconsin BadgerCare enrollment is now underway.

“This is something that individuals without insurance have been waiting for, and they want to see what their options are,” according to Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director, who oversees the CACs. “Everyone that is coming through has a need, and that is what we are here for, to help them with that need.”

The enrollment process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on options and discussion.

“It’s helpful to have someone navigate you through the process,” Meidam explains. “We are very committed to helping our patients enroll. More than 200 patients have already been scheduled for appointments with our navigators.”

CACs are available weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., just inside the St. Agnes Hospital main entrance. Services are also available at Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital by appointment.

Call (920) 926-4841 (Fond du Lac) or (920) 324-6540 to schedule an appointment with one of Agnesian HealthCare’s CACs. They will guide you through the process and answer your questions.

Find out more information by visiting the government's web site at www.healthcare.gov.

Agnesian HealthCare has certified application counselors (CACs) available to help interested individuals sort through some of the confusion over the new health exchange program. CACs are trained to review options on the exchange and whether individuals qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs and essential health benefits.

CACs at each hospital are trained to help patients from all backgrounds learn what coverage they’re eligible for, work through the registration, and choose the plan that is best for them.

The Exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law March 23, 2010, by President Obama. Under the new law, many previously uninsured people now qualify for health insurance. Medicaid also has expanded to accommodate more people. Coverage began January 1 nationwide.

Individuals need to sign up on the health exchange no later than March 31, 2014. Medicare or Wisconsin BadgerCare enrollment is now underway.

“This is something that individuals without insurance have been waiting for, and they want to see what their options are,” according to Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director, who oversees the CACs. “Everyone that is coming through has a need, and that is what we are here for, to help them with that need.”

The enrollment process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on options and discussion.

“It’s helpful to have someone navigate you through the process,” Meidam explains. “We are very committed to helping our patients enroll. More than 200 patients have already been scheduled for appointments with our navigators.”

CACs are available weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., just inside the St. Agnes Hospital main entrance. Services are also available at Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital by appointment.

Call (920) 926-4841 (Fond du Lac) or (920) 324-6540 to schedule an appointment with one of Agnesian HealthCare’s CACs. They will guide you through the process and answer your questions.

Find out more information by visiting the government's web site at www.healthcare.gov.

Photo caption: Kathy Donahue (standing) and Dana Loomans are two certified application counselors (CACs) at Agnesian HealthCare available to help interested individuals sort through some of the confusion over the new health exchange program.

 

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