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Free Health Care Enrollment Event Offered

With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, many uninsured and underinsured members of our community are looking to enroll in a health insurance plan or Medicaid Extension. To assist individuals in finding a suitable plan, Toledo/Lucas County CareNet along with The University of Findlay and United Way, is partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer a free health care enrollment event on Monday March 3, 2014 at the University of Findlay in the Brewer Center of Health Sciences classroom 107 located at 340 College Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840.  There will be two sessions: 10am for those eligible for Medicaid Extension and one at 12:30pm for those eligible for the Federal Marketplace.  Participants should have basic computer skills and be able to navigate the internet.  Anyone interested in an appointment can call United Way 211.
 
Free application assistance is provided by trained health care Navigators and certified application counselors.
 
Through the Health Insurance Marketplace set up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). Open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014. For those who sign up and pay their first month’s premium before March 15, 2014 coverage will begin April 1, 2014.  For individuals who qualify for Medicaid Extension, their coverage will be back dated to the date of application once processed and approved.
 
Ohioans can visit  www.healthcare.gov to apply for insurance on their own or can visit www.benefits.ohio.gov to apply for Medicaid Extension. Those seeking help with enrolling who are unable to attend the event on March 3, 2014 can call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.ohioforhealth.org to find assistance.
 
About Toledo/Lucas County CareNet
Toledo/Lucas County CareNet is a nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce barriers to healthcare services for low income uninsured adults within Lucas County.  CareNet celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and has served over 26,000 Lucas County residents in that time.
 
About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In SFY 2012, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 164 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, and as the lead implementer of a Navigator program to help connect Ohioans to programs that help. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook, and visit them on the web at www.ohiofoodbanks.org.
 
Contact: 
Julie A. Grasson – Toledo/Lucas County CareNet – 419-842-0800
 
 
 
The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CA-NAV-13-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.