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March 2, 2014

Insurance deadline looms

Cass residents navigating health insurance exchange before March 31 arrival.

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Beatriz Grant-Toro, an outreach and enrollment assistant and Affordable Care Act navigator with Indiana Health Center offices in Cass and Miami counties, said she has been assisting 15 to 20 people a day.

“Outcomes have been great,” Grant-Toro said, adding that a lot of people seeking assistance “have had the mindset that they were not going to get any type of coverage, but a lot of people actually get into the system.”

Indiana Health Centers will be holding informational forums on the topic from 5:30 to 6 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24 at Silver Lake Restaurant & Lounge, 2430 E. Market St.

Cass County Community Health Center is located at 1700 Dividend Drive, Logansport. Because Grant-Toro is the only navigator, walk-ins are not always possible. Appointments can be scheduled and more information can be received by calling 574-722-7407 ext. 4620.

MDwise, an Indianapolis nonprofit health care company, will be hosting educational and enrollment sessions at Logansport Memorial Hospital, 1101 Michigan Ave throughout the month. Sessions are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. March 3 in Conference Room DE, 6 to 8 p.m. March 11 in Conference Room DE and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 in Conference Room AB.

A press release from the Indiana Hospital Association states about 48,000 Indiana residents have enrolled in one of four coverage plans under the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace since enrollment began.

The six-month enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 with a deadline of March 15 for Indiana residents wanting coverage to begin by April 1. For coverage beginning May 1, residents must enroll in a plan between March 16 and March 31.

Those who do not enroll in a coverage plan by March 31 will not be able to receive health care coverage until the next enrollment period begins and be may subject to pay a penalty fee.

The next open enrollment period for coverage starting in 2015 starts Nov. 15, 2014.

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