Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace began today, November 1, and AHI – Adirondack Health Institute is offering free enrollment assistance services to individuals, families and small business owners in seven North Country counties – Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.
“Our enrollment specialists provide unbiased assistance to help clients determine their health insurance eligibility for Qualified Health Plans and such programs as Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan,” explained Joyce Porter, AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) program manager. “Our highly-skilled team, all certified by New York State, can also help determine if individuals are eligible for any cost savings.”
Individuals may call AHI’s toll-free number, 1-866-872-3740, or visit http://www.ahihealth.org/ease/appointment-request/ to schedule a no-cost appointment with an enrollment specialist.
“Open enrollment runs through January 31, 2017, but we highly encourage the public to call us for an appointment sooner rather than later,” said Porter. She went on to explain that anyone not enrolled in a health insurance plan by January 31 may be subject to a penalty of 2.5 percent of their annual household income, or a flat fee of more than $700.
A list of conveniently-located, community-based enrollment site locations is available on the NY State of Health web site at http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/ipanavigatorsitelocations.