There’s still time to sign up for health insurance coverage; Parkway Regional Hospital can help

If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don’t have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.

“This is where Parkway Regional Hospital can help the uninsured in our community,” said John Ballard, CEO. “With many people lacking access to a computer or just needing help maneuvering through the enrollment website, our application counselor can help. We can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options.”  To make an appointment for sign-up help, call (270) 472-8111 or 1-800-353-1380.

Health Plans on Health Insurance Marketplaces
All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the available health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more

Medicaid Expansion

Kentucky has chosen to expand Medicaid coverage beginning January 2014. This expansion will increase eligibility limits for adults to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Level (equivalent to an annual income of about $15,900 for one person). This will open Medicaid coverage to a new population, including childless adults
“Even though Tennessee has chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in our community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Ballard.  “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

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